UP AND AT 'EM
Photos by Mindy Ward
A young fall calf near Holstein, Mo., arises after a nap. Missouri is home to both spring and fall calving herds. They add color to pastures in the fall.
This black calf was never far from its mama in a pasture outside of Licking, Mo.
With its ears perked up, this young, black-and-white calf knows someone is pointing a camera at him. Just look at those ears!
In the hills of southern Warren County, Mo., this red-and-white calf enjoys a little summer sun in the fall. September was hot in Missouri, allowing pastures to pop.
The Texas County, Mo., sun hits this fall calf just right to bring out all the brown in its coat.
Fall calves, such as this one, can arrive on the farm starting in early September in south-central Missouri.
Four fall calves gather at the base of the hill to rest in the sun. Their moms watch from the hilltop as one rises and bawls.
FROM THE TREES
Many fall calves in Texas County, Mo., have access to trees in pastures for shade and security.
The right light, the right color and the right calf all come together outside the small town of Holstein, Mo.
While many calves take refuge in the trees when visitors enter the pasture, these two are eager to mingle, which is a testament to the rancher. These cows and calves are docile because rancher Josh Rodgers spends time tending to their needs.
These calves and their moms know the sound and look of Josh Rodgers' truck. His family has maintained a closed herd for 50 years. They rally around waiting for feed.
A black calf just outside of Licking, Mo., finds a resting spot among the warm-season pasture grass. These grasses are heading dormant and turning brown.
Either there was something in this calf’s nose near Holstein, Mo., or it was giving this photographer the sign that the photo session has ended.
A piece of grass sticks to the nose of this young calf. But it is the tufts of brown in the ears that draw you in to its face.
There’s always that one calf that decides whether they like you or not from a distance. In Texas County, Mo., this one remained in a stare-down. It never ventured close. But the calves against the hills of this county are stunning.
It was hard to get a photo of this calf south of Warrenton, Mo., without its tail moving. Love the white-tipped tail against the red.
Hats off to the mama cows of young calves. These little ones, such as the one seen here, require milk straight from her udder if they are to grow healthy.
Fall calves can range in age. This older calf is already thriving at its mom’s side in Texas County, Mo.
The best part of fall calves, or any calves, is their individual markings. It offers variety to passersby and cattlemen. The crossbreds have that little extra flare.
The slick coat, the sunshine and almost a smirk make this calf’s headshot one of a kind. Texas County, Mo., has some great calves this time of year. Take a drive and check them out.