Written by Theresa Rose on September 28, 2016

More farm women in Iowa raise beef cattle than any other type of livestock or poultry. While 85% of Iowa beef farms market less than 100 head annually, the profitability of the cow/calf herd or beef feedlot impacts family finances significantly. With this in mind Henry County Extension is offering the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Agriculture Women Managing Cattle course.


Sessions cover marketing strategies and managing land and water resources. These sessions are taught by Extension specialists and local professionals. Women will discuss the challenges in bringing calves to market and calculate the true costs of production. Tools and resources will be provided to help women consider important management decisions. The course is being offered at the Henry County Extension Office in Mt. Pleasant from 6:00-9:00pm on November 29, December 6 and December 13. A meal will be provided prior to each class starting at 5:30pm.


“This program will be extremely beneficial to women from Henry and the surrounding counties who are involved in the cattle business,” said Darbee Wellman, Agriculture and Youth Educator for Henry County Extension, “The course offers something for everyone from learning about Iowa’s beef industry to finding tools to help increase the profitability of their operations.”


Online registration is required by November 22. To learn more or to register, visit the website, http://www.aep.iastate.edu/womeninag/2016/mtpleasant2.html. For additional questions contact Charles Brown, ISU Extension and Outreach Farm Management Specialist, at crbrown@iastate.edu or 641-673-5841, or the Henry County Extension Office at 319-385-8126.