Boots in the Barn Program Heads to Louisa County

Boots in the Barn will teach women in the cattle industry a variety of skills, including learning how to deliver a calf, using a simulator such as this one.

The premier educational opportunity for cattlewomen in Iowa, Boots in the Barn, will be hosted by Louisa County Extension this fall. A four-meeting series covering an array of topics has been set for 5:30-8:30 pm on August 28th, September 4th, September 18th, and October 2nd at the Youth Center in Columbus Junction. The building is located on the Louisa County Fairgrounds at 101 Fairgrounds Road, which is just off Highway 92 on the southeast side of Columbus Junction.


  Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist Patrick Wall said attendees find the program usable and enjoyable. “This series has been overwhelmingly popular across the state, and [is] incredibly fun to teach,” Wall said. “Women will interact, share stories, and ask questions they wouldn’t normally ask in a male-dominated environment. We’ve had graduates of this program call us after they successfully assisted a cow in labor!”


 The first meeting will start at the beginning of the life cycle with genetics and animal selection, plus an explanation of EPDs (expected progeny differences) and how to effectively use them. A segment on pasture management basics will conclude the evening. Meeting two will cover financial management and economic analysis of the beef enterprise, plus a local pasture walk where weed, grass, and legume identification will be addressed. Meeting three brings in the infamous Frosty the Cow for a hands-on calving clinic. The final meeting is actually developed as the program evolves and will cover specific topics the participants expressed interest in learning more about.


 Preregistration for this series is required because an evening meal will be served at each event. Cost is $15 per person for the whole series or $5 if paid by individual date. Women interested in attending this event should contact Samantha Jamison at the Louisa County Extension Office at (319)-523-2371, ext. 203, or email [email protected].  For additional information on the content of the program, please contact Wall at (515)-450-7665 or email [email protected].