American National CattleWomen Region 1 members spring meeting and Ohio Women in Ranching Education and Development (WIRED) workshop

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Earlier this month the American National CattleWomen Region 1 members spring meeting and Ohio Women in Ranching Education and Development (WIRED) workshop was held at the OSU ATI Equine Center and OSU ATI Beef Handling Facility in Apple Creek in Wayne County. About 150 people from 14 states participated. Dr. Temple Grandin served as the keynote speaker Saturday and was very hands on throughout the events which included education and certification classes focused on the cattle industry. Her main message was making sure ranchers institute low stress cattle handling methods. 

Brenda Kocher, Region 1, ANCW Director says typically WIRED events are held out west so she made it her mission to have one held in Region 1 and she is excited to have it in Ohio. 

Heather Neikirk OSU Extension Educator and Certified Beef Quality Instructor says the focus is on day to day cattle operations and beef quality. According to Neikirk women make up about a third of producers in some parts of the state. She says Dr. Grandin designed the beef handling system that is in use at the OSU ATI Beef Facility. 

Dee Jepsen Ohio WIRED Chair and OSU Agricultural Safety & Health Specialist says the WIRED event gives the participants vital experience with cattle and equipment that can be extremely helpful for women on the farm. 

Grandin, Jepsen, Neikirk and Kocher also discussed the importance of having the next generation of women in agriculture in attendance for the day’s events. They all stressed the need to support women of all ages working throughout the agricultural industry. Grandin also says it crucial to hire and support people who are neurodivergent in agricultural careers.

To find out more about American National Cattlewomen log on to https://ancw.org

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