SW Iowa Cow-Calf

Brent Potter (far right) discusses grazing strategies and pasture management with Chris Clark (second from right), SW IA Beef Specialist, and young cattle producers who toured his farm in June 2013.



On September 4-5, 2014, a Nebraska bus trip took place for beginning and young Iowa beef producers. Contact was ISUEO beef program specialist Chris Clark. Read an Osceola Sentinel Tribune article about this trip. View photos below (click to enlarge)

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On June 22nd, 2013 nearly 20 people met at Brent Potter’s farm near Griswold, IA for a tour and an evening meal as part of the Southwest Iowa Cow/Calf group meeting. The Southwest Iowa Cow/Calf group is part of a state-wide initiative called the Beginning and Young Livestock Producer Success Network. The program is aimed at establishing peer groups of young livestock producers across the state that can gather together to gain three valuable experiences: education, socialization/networking, and mentorship. The June meeting included a tour of Brent Potter’s livestock facilities and a quick visit to a nearby pasture to view some of Potter’s cattle. Potter guided the tour, gave a thorough description of the operation, and fielded questions from the group.¬†Following the tour, the group met in Potter’s garage for a potluck meal which offered a nice opportunity to socialize and network with one another.¬†

This was the second meeting for the Southwest Iowa Cow/Calf group which met for the first time in February at the Anita Veterinary Clinic to discuss bull selection. The group plans to meet three to four times a year and any beginning or young cattle producers are welcome to attend. For more information please contact Chris Clark, ISU Extension and Outreach Beef Field Specialist at caclark@iastate.edu or by phone at 712-769-2600.

Core Counties

Cass, Adair, East Pottawatamie, Audubon and Guthrie



Chris Clark, SW IA Beef Specialist, caclark@iastate.edu or 712-769-2600

Tim Eggers, SW IA Farm Management Field Specialist, teggers@iastate.edu or 712-542-5171

Kathy Rohrig, Ag Programs Coordinator, krohrig@iastate.edu or 641-743-8412