Women Managing Cattle

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.

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


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Statewide sponsors


Local sponsors

Many locations are fortunate to have local businesses and organizations that have stepped forward to support Annie's Project in their area. These local sponsors will be recognized when you attend the first class. Please be sure to thank the local sponsors for their support of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach!


Locations, schedule and registration

  • This course meets once a week for three weeks. The beginning date for each location is listed in the table below.
  • Registration is $75 and includes refreshments and class notebook.
  • Class enrollment is limited to keep class sizes small and encourage discussion. Registrations accepted on first-come first-paid basis.
  • Preregistration is required to attend an Annie's Project course. Registration deadlines for each location are listed below.
  • Online registration closes at midnight for the listed deadline. Mail registrations must be postmarked on or before the listed date.
  • Cancellations requesting a refund must be received by midnight of the registration deadline listed below. Call (515) 294-6429 or email anr@iastate.edu to cancel your registration.
  • To register and pay using a MasterCard, VISA or Discover please complete online registration by clicking the red button below for the location you wish to attend.
  • To register and pay using a check please print the registration form for the location you wish to attend and mail to: ANR Program Services, 1151 NSRIC, Ames, Iowa 50011-3310
  • Registration confirmation and a receipt are sent via email. Please provide a valid email address during the registration process.
  • If you need assistance with registration please contact the county office hosting the location you wish to attend.

City Location Start date Time Registration deadline Registration County web page


For questions about a specific location and class status please contact the Extension offfice of the host county (follow links above to contact information).

For assistance with registration, receipts, cancellation or questions on the status of your registration contact Program Services at (515) 294-6429 or anr@iastate.edu.