To many, springtime means daffodils, crocuses, and the odd early tulip. To ranchers in the north, however, spring is really the last vestiges of winter and cold nights spent calving. (The more difficult a birth, the more likely that it will happen during the dead of night at an inconvenient location.)

This is Jack the Giant, the 140-pound calf delivered via c-section by Dr. Powell and Melissa. Mum and Jack are both fine, if a bit shell-shocked by the recent happenings. Jack cleaned up pretty well, although his baldy face will make it difficult to win at midnight games of hide and seek.


So the next time you think you’re having a bad day, think 140-pound calf. Think delivery. And then be glad that Dr. Powell was on hand to be certain that calves like Jack make it into this world.