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Colorful calves of fall

There’s more color in the country than just leaves; check out these fall calves.

Mindy Ward, Editor, Missouri Ruralist

October 30, 2019

20 Slides

While football is known for its "boys of fall," Missouri is just one state that is home to the calves of fall.

Missouri ranks third in the nation for beef cows behind Texas and Oklahoma. The state boasts more than 2 million beef cows, accounting for 6.48% of cows in the U.S.

The state also ranks third in calf crop. From north to south, the type of pastures these calves are born and raised on are evident from the photos. Whether green cool-season pastures in the central region or brown warm-season grasses in the south-central area, cattle producers across the country can only smile when young calves dot their landscapes.

Start the slideshow to see and celebrate the calves of fall. 

About the Author(s)

Mindy Ward

Editor, Missouri Ruralist

Mindy resides on a small farm just outside of Holstein, Mo, about 80 miles southwest of St. Louis.

After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism, she worked briefly at a public relations firm in Kansas City. Her husband’s career led the couple north to Minnesota.

There, she reported on large-scale production of corn, soybeans, sugar beets, and dairy, as well as, biofuels for The Land. After 10 years, the couple returned to Missouri and she began covering agriculture in the Show-Me State.

“In all my 15 years of writing about agriculture, I have found some of the most progressive thinkers are farmers,” she says. “They are constantly searching for ways to do more with less, improve their land and leave their legacy to the next generation.”

Mindy and her husband, Stacy, together with their daughters, Elisa and Cassidy, operate Showtime Farms in southern Warren County. The family spends a great deal of time caring for and showing Dorset, Oxford and crossbred sheep.

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