EMMETSBURG, Iowa — Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Iowa Lakes Community College will host “Boots in the Barn,” a program for female beef and dairy producers.

Boots in the Barn is a three-part series for women involved in a dairy or beef operation and/or industry. It will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 10, Feb. 24 and March 10 at the Iowa Lakes Community College Farm in Emmetsburg.

The Feb. 10 session will feature Caitlyn Messerschmidt, veterinarian at Iowa State University. She will guide participants using Frosty (a life-size cow model), practicing putting chains on a calf to pull it and learning how to assist a cow in calving. Other topics include immediate calf care and colostrum.

On Feb. 24, ISU Extension beef and dairy specialists and Iowa Lakes Community College instructors will lead participants in how to help calves nurse, selecting colostrum products, mixing milk replacers and how to wean calves from milk and start them on dry feed. Participants will view both maternal and calf housing.

The March 10 session will cover health basics and how to determine whether an animal is healthy or unhealthy. Activities include handling medicines and vaccines, giving injections, safety in working cattle and two national programs, Beef Quality Assurance and Farmers Assuring Responsible Management.

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There is a fee to participate and pre-registration is required. Register online by Feb. 6 at bit.ly/bootsinthebarn.

For more information, contact Jamie Neff at jblaser@iastate.edu or (712) 852-2865.