Cattle Handling and Grass-Based Genetics

Cattle Handling and Grass-Based Genetics

Jake BigelowSaturday, Sept. 7 | 9 a.m.-Noon


1854 275th St. | Winterset, IA 50273


Jake & Crystal Bigelow | Bigelow Family Farm


Jake and Crystal Bigelow, along with their two children, raise purebred Hereford cattle in a grass-based system, as well as pigs, corn and soybeans. For the past 14 years, Jake has been working towards a sustainable balance among family, farm and finances while feeding his local community with quality products. To that end, he is carefully managing his herd for genetics that thrive on a grass-based system.

Come learn what Jake looks for in cattle and their physical characteristics to decide if they’ll do well in his herd. He will also demonstrate techniques for calm and quiet animal handling.


Lunch will follow the field day.

See & Discuss

  • Selecting cattle based on phenotypes and epigenetics
  • Tools to gauge if cattle will be problem-free and productive
  • Reading cattle body language

Farm Info

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