Completed Project Report


"Iowa Cowmaker Elite" Bred Heifer Development Risk Management Project

  • Award Amount: $50,000
  • Regional Center: North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center
  • Grant Program: 2018 Education Projects
  • Project Director: Patrick Wall
  • Email: patwall@iastate.edu
  • Organization: Iowa State University

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Project Overview

This project focused on helping beef cattle producers navigate the price volatility, production, and marketing risks associated with beef female development. This project helped participants decide to keep, develop, and/or breed replacement heifers versus purchasing bred females to maximize profitability. Tools for genetic selection, record analysis, technology transfer, and forage utilization in heifer development were introduced. Participants learned about selecting heifers for environmental fit and longevity by setting criteria that align with their forages and management resources. In turn, they were able to enhance cow longevity, thus reduce depreciation, and limit market risk.
Due to an extreme price drop within the time frame of the project, producers were still ultimately able to decide the best path for their own herd retention. However, producers chose to develop their own production data records system, rather than participate in a state-wide database bench-marking program. The initial effort of 8 educational workshops, conferences, and web-based presentations regarding successful management practices and new strategy implementation were still very effective in changing the participants behavior. The ICE program was successful in reaching nearly 300 producers. The end goal of establishing a branded program for high quality beef females bred for longevity and profitability just didn't happen. 

Number of Participants: 387

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