Osage, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host Boots in the Barn, a program for women beef and dairy producers, in February in the Mitchell County area. Boots in the Barn is a three-part series for women involved in a dairy or beef cattle operation. The course will be held February 13, 27, and March 5th. Each session will be held at the Mitchell County Extension and Outreach office, 315 Main St., Osage from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The February 13 session will feature Kylie Peterson, Director of Communications and Marketing with the Iowa Beef Industry Council. Kylie’s program will give you the tools you need to help close the gap between pasture and plate by communicating in an inclusive manner while teaching you how to be a Master of Beef Advocacy! Also joining us will be Dr. Stephanie Clark, Associate Director of the Midwest Dairy Foods Research Center, presenting “COWtroversies,” topics related to dairy cows and dairy products ranging from on-farm management to food product safety.
The February 27 session will feature Dr. Caitlin Wiley, DVM, and clinical assistant professor at Iowa State University. Wiley will share tips and tricks to help ease calving season and difficult calvings. She will use "Caramel,” the life-size cow model, to demonstrate techniques to simplify pulling mal-presentations to result in more live calves. A special session will be held from 4:30-5:30 pm for youth in grades 7-12 to learn about these same topics and explore career opportunities in the agricultural field. Call 641-732-5574 for further details on this exciting youth opportunity.
The March 5 session will focus on beef processing and nutrition. Michael Cropp, Extension program specialist in the ISU Meat Science and Meat Lab will discuss how beef quality affects processing, how beef is used and also touch briefly on food safety. Lisa Olson, Mitchell County Regional Health Center, registered dietician, will also join us during this session to share beef nutrition facts, labeling and the best uses for various cuts of beef. Recipe ideas will be shared!
Those interested in the program can register 1 week prior to the session by contacting the Mitchell County Extension office at 641-732-5574 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The fee for this program is $10 per session or $25 for all three. This program is sponsored by an educational grant by Farm Credit Services of America. Additional Boots in the Barn sponsors are the Mitchell County Cattlemen and Farmers State Bank of St. Ansgar.
The Boots in the Barn program was created after ISU Extension and Outreach staff and Extension Council members in Mitchell County identified the need for additional ag programs for women. “We’ve had great success with programs designed specifically for women,” said Jenn Bentley, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “Women often prefer to learn in small groups and with hands-on opportunities. They like the opportunity to ask questions of presenters without feeling rushed, so programs designed for women alone are very effective.” Mitchell County and surrounding counties have strong dairy and beef operations. Dairy and beef production has a lot in common, such as reproduction and cattle health making this an ideal group to bring together.