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ISU Extension's Doran Named Cattlewoman of the Year

Beth Doran


AMES, Iowa -- Beth Ellen Doran, Ph.D, has been named the 2005 Woman of the Year by the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA).  Doran received the honor at the recent ICA Winter Meeting in Des Moines on Dec. 8.


Doran is an Iowa State University (ISU) Extension beef field specialist, serving 10 counties in northwest Iowa. She has been a part of Extension for more than 20 years and has been active in the beef industry for more than 40 years. Her many accomplishments and service to the cattle producers of northwest Iowa include work with area youth, beef workshops emphasizing carcass quality, nutrition and marketing, analyzing carcass data for 4-H'ers, work with youth in county fair beef shows, the Iowa State Fair and regional events such as the Ak-Sar-Ben Livestock Exposition.


Beth’s research expertise has resulted in much useful information as well, including piloting the ISU Feedlot Monitoring Program, cooperating with ISU on studies examining how real-time ultrasound can be used in feedlot cattle marketing decisions and projects on grid marketing and ethanol co-products. Doran has also worked with the ICA, Sheldon Livestock Sales, Inc., and the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association to co-sponsor preconditioned feeder cattle sales. She analyzed data from the sales and noted a $2.25 per hundredweight premium with double-tagged calves.


“Beth is a constant presence in northwest Iowa,” says John Lawrence, ISU economics professor and director of the university’s Iowa Beef Center.  “She maintains close communication with the cattle feeders in that area of the state and brings their concerns to the rest of ISU.” 


“Beef producers have a great advocate and support in Beth Doran, and the Iowa Beef Center is pleased to congratulate her in this well-deserved recognition,” adds Lawrence.


For more information about the award visit http://www.iacattlemen.org/Docs/ICAWCWomanofYear.pdf.



Contacts :

John Lawrence, Economics, (515) 294-6290, jdlaw@iastate.edu

Rachel E. Martin, Iowa Beef Center, (515) 294-9124, remartin@iastate.edu

A photo of Doran is available for this story.

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