Women Managing Cattle

February 19, February 26, March 6, March 13, 2019 | Fairfield, Iowa

A four-session course focusing on cow/calf and beef feedlot decisions.

What is the Women Managing Cattle course?

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.

Whether women just want to learn more about Iowa’s beef industry, or need to find more profitability from their family cattle business, this course offers something for everyone.

Sessions cover marketing strategies and managing land and water resources. 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.

Course Curriculum

Costs of production
  • Calculating break-even for cow-calf operation on dollars per hundred weight
  • Determining potential profitability in a given year
  • Marketing strategies
  • Analyzing whether to sell at weaning, backgrounding, or finishing
  • Using basis estimates with current futures markets to anticipate prices
  • Assessing Retained Ownership strategies
  • Production systems
  • Using practical herd health products and procedures
  • Inventorying and utilizing pasture resources effectively
  • Choosing supplementation strategies to meet nutritional needs
  • Comparing price and complexity of types of watering systems
  • Compliance with environmental regulations
  • Women Managing Cattle is interesting and fun!

    • Topics of importance to your future in farming
    • Brief presentations and extended discussions
    • Practical hands-on activities
    • Decision making resources available to you
    • Comfortable and supportive learning environment
    • Networking with other farm women


    February 19, February 26, March 6, March 13, 2019

    Meal and registration at 5:30 PM.
    Program 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.


    Jefferson County Extension and Outreach
    2606 West Burlington Ave
    Fairfield, IA

    Statewide sponsors

    Farm Credit Services



    This course has been cancelled and registration is closed.


    • Registration deadline is midnight, February 12, 2019. Pre-registration is required.
    • Class size is limited and pre-registration is required to attend. Registrations accepted on a first-come, first-paid basis.
    • Confirmation of registration is sent via email. Please provide a valid email address when registering
    • To cancel your registration, or for assistance with registration, receipts, or questions on the status of your registration contact Program Services at (515) 294-6429 or anr@iastate.edu.


    Lori Padget

    Lori Padget
    office assistant
    Jefferson County Extension

    Charles Brown

    Charles Brown
    Extension farm management field specialist