Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will hold a three-session course designed for women cattle operators in November. According to ISU Extension beef program specialist Joe Sellers, the "Women Managing Cattle" series is specifically designed to help women cattle operators learn more about marketing strategies, cattle management, and managing land and water resources.
"Our goal is to provide a program that is of great interest and value, so each session includes presentations, discussions, resource materials and hands-on activities," Sellers says. "In addition, guest speakers share their personal experiences and knowledge to help women become better business partners and owners."
Learn more about marketing, cost of production, management
All three sessions will be held at Carpenter's Hall in Chariton, the county seat town in Lucas County in south-central Iowa. All meetings are on the first three Thursdays in November: November 5, 12 and 19. Each session runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with a meal served at 5:30 p.m. Read the series flier for date, location and sponsor information. The flier is online at iowabeefcenter.org/events/LucasWomenManagingCattle.pdf.
The women who participate will learn more about costs of production, marketing strategies and production systems by the end of the course, says Sellers. "Whether women need to find more profitability from their family cattle business or just want to learn more about Iowa's beef industry, this course offers something for everyone," he adds. "Participants also are encouraged to establish networks with other farm and ranch women and agriculture business professionals."
Opportunity to network with other farm women and ag professionals
Cost is $50 per person and online registration is available at aep.iastate.edu/womeninag/. You also can register by calling Kelly Phillips at the Lucas County Extension office at 641-774-2016. For more information on the course, contact Sellers by phone at 641-203-1270 or email [email protected].
"We just finished a very successful group in Winterset, with 22 women graduating from the Women Managing Cattle series there," says Sellers. "Charles Brown, ISU Extension farm management specialist, along with Shawn Shouse, ISU Extension ag engineering specialist, and I are the lead presenters. We will also have several invited speakers who will discuss current beef cattle topics."
The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state's beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine. IBC works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about IBC visit iowabeefcenter.org.