Giving farm women an opportunity to interact with others who face the same challenges in bringing calves to market.
Women Managing Cattle helps farm women navigate decisions their mothers did not face. A steering committee of women cattle operators met to enhance this course for each local meeting.
The course meets on Thursday evenings from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on August 15, 22 and 29, 2013 in Oskaloosa and Carroll. Preregistration is required.
Sessions provide education and support materials for costs of production, marketing alternatives, pasture management, and pasture watering options. At the end of three weeks, participants will have the resources and tools they need to make decisions based on their herds or feedlots.
The program is learner-centered and encourages open discussion. No more than one-half the time is spent in lecture. Participants participate in hands-on activities and learn from each other through interaction and discussion.
Upon completion, participants will be able to:
- Calculate their own break-even for their cow-calf operation on a dollars per hundredweight basis
- Determine potential profitability in a given year
- Use tools to evaluate whether to sell at weaning, backgrounding, or finishing
- Evaluate Livestock Risk Protection as an insurance tool for their operation
- Use basis estimates with current futures markets to anticipate prices
- Inventory their resources, e.g. pasture base, in order to manage them effectively
- Consider changes in supplementation strategies
- Learn about different types of watering systems that vary in price and complexity
- Understand that open feedlot runoff must be managed to comply with state environmental regulations
“After attending Women Managing Cattle, we routinely talk about our options, rather than doing what we’ve always done. We check more on feed costs for cows and calves and watch the market to get better prices.”2010 Adams County participant
Shane Ellis, Field Agricultural Economist, will be lead instructor at the Carroll location. He works with grain and livestock producers to help them maintain or increase the profitability of their operations. His focus is beef production economics and market analysis.
Bob Wells, Field Agricultural Economist, will be lead instructor at the Oskaloosa location. He works with grain and livestock producers to help them maintain or increase the profitability of their operations. Bob's focus is on risk management and strategic planning.
Joe Sellers, Beef Field Specialist, advises beef cattle producers on cow-calf and feedlot management. His program emphasis is grazing management, marketing, nutrition and ration analysis, and cow-herd efficiency.
Shawn Shouse, Field Agricultural Engineer, works with grain and livestock producers to solve engineering challenges. His areas of expertise are water and fencing for grazing systems, manure management, and environmental water quality.
- Registration is $50 and includes meals, refreshments and class materials.
- Class enrollment is limited to keep class sizes small and encourage discussion. Registrations accepted on first-come first-paid basis.
- Preregistration is required and the deadline for registration is midnight, August 12, 2013.
- Phone registrations are not accepted. Please register online or by mail using the registration form.
- Cancellations requesting a refund must be received by midnight, August 12, 2013. Call (515) 294-6429 or email email@example.com to cancel your registration.
For questions about the program and course content please contact:
Shane Ellis, Field Agricultural Economist, 712-792-2364, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Wells, Field Agricultural Economist, 641-673-5841, email@example.com
For assistance with registration, receipts, billing, cancellation or questions on the status of your registration contact Program Services at (515) 294-6429 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annie’s Project: Capacity Building, Delivery, and Evaluation of Risk Management Education for Iowa Farm and Ranch Women: St. Paul MN (IA, MN, WI) is based upon work supported by USDA/FCIC Risk Management Agency under accounting number 12-IE-53102-029.