Program for female dairy producers set

     Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host Boots in the Barn, a program for women dairy producers, in March in the New Vienna area. Boots in the Barn is a three-part series for women involved in the dairy industry.

     The course will be held March 3, 10 and 17. The March 3 session will feature Gail Carpenter, Iowa State University assistant dairy teaching/research professor, who will provide information on transition cow care, maternity management and research around transition cows.

     Carpenter will demonstrate on-farm tools that can be used to monitor transition cow health. The session will be held at the McAllister Dairy Farm located at 27334 North Bankston Road, New Vienna, 1-3 p.m.

     The March 10 session will feature Jenn Bentley, ISU Extension and Outreach dairy field specialist. Bentley will share tips, tools and best management practices for early life care. She will demonstrate on-farm tools that can be used to monitor colostrum quality and success of passive transfer. This session will also be held at the McAllister Dairy Farm, 1-3 p.m.

     The March 17 session will focus on employee management. Melissa O’Rourke, ISU Extension and Outreach farm and agri-business management specialist, will discuss best management practices for hiring, retaining and evaluating dairy farm employees. There will be time for discussion and Q & A with O’Rourke and participants. This will be a live webinar offered via ZOOM from noon to 1:30 p.m.

     Those interested in the program can register online. The fee for this program is $5 per in-person session and the webinar session is free. Register a week before each session to help with program materials. A brochure with full details is available at

     The Boots in the Barn program was created after ISU Extension and Outreach staff 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 to ask lots of questions of presenters without feeling intimidated, so programs designed for women alone are very effective.”

     For more information on Boots in the Barn, contact Jennifer Bentley at 563-382-2949, or



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