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REGISTER NOW: Three ISU Extension workshops for women who work on dairy or beef cattle farms will offer hands-on opportunities to sharpen management skills.

Program for women cattle, dairy producers to launch

Boots in the Barn workshops will start in January in northeast Iowa.

Iowa State University Extension is offering a new program for women working as beef and dairy producers, starting in January in northeast Iowa. "Boots in the Barn" is a three-part series for women involved in cattle production. Three workshops will be offered on Jan. 4, 11 and 18. Dairy topics will be discussed from 1 to 3 p.m. and beef topics from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

“We’ve had great success with programs designed specifically for women,” says Denise Schwab, beef specialist with ISU Extension. “Women often prefer to learn in small groups and with hands-on opportunities. They like to ask lots of questions of presenters without feeling intimidated, so programs designed specifically for women are very effective.”

Programs to meet needs of beef and dairy producers
Three counties in Iowa — Clayton, Delaware and Dubuque — are home to 25% of Iowa’s dairy herds and 5% of Iowa’s beef cow herds. Dairy and beef production have a lot in common, such as reproduction and basic ruminant nutrition. However, they have slightly different perspectives, such as nutritional requirements for maximum milk production, feed quality requirements and grazing options.

“We know dairy producers prefer to meet during the day, and beef women prefer evening meetings,” says Jenn Bentley, dairy specialist with ISU Extension. “So we are offering two different programs to best meet each of their needs.”

Dates, times and locations are:

• Jan. 4 — Commercial Club Park Community Room, 225 11th St. SE, Dyersville. Leo Timms, Morrill professor and dairy specialist at Iowa State University, will talk about milk quality and udder health for the afternoon dairy session. The beef session will be taught by Denise Schwab and a local veterinarian and will feature beef herd health and a herd management calendar.

• Jan. 11 — Fast Stop Shed, 32199 Old Castle Road, Dyersville. Grant Dewell, associate professor in beef production and beef veterinarian at ISU, and others from Iowa State’s College of Veterinary Medicine will be there with “Frosty the cow.” Frosty is a life-size cow model used to teach calving management, dystocia and delivery to veterinary students. Participants will have the opportunity to deliver a fully jointed life-size calf, and practice difficult deliveries on a model.

• Jan. 18 — Commercial Club Park Community Room, 225 11th St. SE, Dyersville. Hugo Ramirez, ISU assistant professor and Extension dairy specialist, will focus on quality feed delivery and tools to measure feed quality. Attendees are encouraged to bring along a feed sample for discussion. The beef session will discuss quality silage. Schwab will discuss basic beef feed budgeting and cost control.

Registration fee is $25 and covers all three workshops. Register online by Dec. 28. For more information on Boots in the Barn, contact Bentley at 563-382-2949 or [email protected]; or Schwab at 319-472-4739 or [email protected]; or the ISU Extension office in Clayton, Delaware or Dubuque counties.

Source: Iowa State University

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