We returned home from my in-laws Christmas Eve to find my youngest son's Red Brangus heifer in labor. The problem is she was not due to calve until April, and was already way along. After spending an hour with her she dropped her calf, fully formed but too premature to survive. After many tears from Mom and the little one we went on about our Christmas Eve. We will now have to scratch her from the shows at Fort Worth and Houston and decide what our next step will be. My youngest son's concern is how well she would have done at these shows, mine is will this be a pattern for the future. I realize this happens often, it was extremely painful for my son since it was his first show heifer.