I purchased a couple of bred cows at a local Sale Barn on Wednesday (March 26, 2003). Since the cows where bred I placed them in a small pasture with a couple of heifers. Late Saturday the cow that was represented as "palpated bred 8 months safe to calf" had gone off into a small wooded area by herself. This morning (Sunday) when I went to check on her she was standing in the creek and "grunting" as if in pain. I called my Vet and then got her loaded and to his clinic. He said the calf was dead inside of her and that she was to weak to do a "c-section" and he gave her a shot to induce labor. He said he hoped that he would be able to remove the calf tomorrow morning, but was not sure that she would make it. Has this happened to anyone else? Is this a common problem with purchasing at the sale barn? I have sold at the sale barn before, but never purchased there. In past I ave purchased cattle from individuals but I am having a hard time finding any cattle for sale from private owners at a fair price in the area. Thank you in advance for your responses.