We got a very big, but live, calf after the vet did a middle-of-the-night C-section. AND, it's a true blessing to live only thirty miles from such excellent and accommodating Veterinarians!
Other calves from same bull have been small. That heifer is bigger than average, though. Grandson said those were the biggest feet he's ever found when he was searching for reasons it wasn't being born yet!
Thankfully, most have calved easy, and getting to the end of them by the time they were scheduled to start. Couldn't have had better weather for calving, either. Pretty days, and not so cold nights, either.
They are learning bad habits being in our horse pasture, though. They challenge my car as I'm driving by, and are learning they always win when 'racing' with me! Even the heifers are assuming I will drive out around them so they can remain standing in the road. They will move when I honk the horn, tho.
We did lose one in the corral last night that we shouldn't have. Probably had the membrane over the nose, and we didn't get out there quickly enough this morning, waiting for a bit of day-light before going out. That has happened with a few other births this spring, but someone got there soon enough.
That makes me wonder if some of the calves people think were killed by coyotes might have been already dead, then eaten by the coyotes??? We calve the cows in pretty 'wide open' situation, with big pastures, some more than a half section, and try to ride through them twice a day. And losing one is pretty rare. None that we can truly blame on coyotes in many years.....and we have LOTS of coyotes, tho fewer than a few months ago after a contest in the area. To listen to them some nights, one would believe our house was surrounded by them all howling at one another!