The labor and delivery process was quick and uneventful. Bill checked the first-calf heifers late in the afternoon, didn't see any pending birth activity, then had to leave. When Cricket and I went out for our walk around 7:30 that evening, I found our new mother cleaning her new calf.
Baby Heifer #17-1 is a lively little bundle of bovine joy and loves to eat. Her birth weight was a little below average but she is gaining quickly.