AMES, Iowa — Keeping young cows in the herd is challenging for today’s cattle producers, but it’s a necessary part of planning for profitability.

That’s why Iowa Beef Center is partnering with Iowa Cattlemen’s Association to offer “Heifer Development 2: Maintaining Your Investment.”

The series will focus specifically on management practices to keep young cows in the herd to improve long-term profitability and is a follow-up to the 2012 series on yearling heifers, “Heifer Development — Rebuilding our Future.”

The 2014 sessions will pick up where the first series left off, with a focus on nutrition, health, calving and reproductive management of bred heifers through their second breeding season.

All sessions include a meal for those pre-registered at least two days prior to the event. The $20 fee is payable at the door. Walk-in registration costs $25 per person, and a meal is not guaranteed.

Programs will be:

* Jan. 16 – Maquoketa, 5:30 p.m.;

* Jan. 21 – Nashua, 10 a.m.;

* Jan. 21 – Postville, 5:30 p.m.;

* Jan. 23 – Anita, 5:30 p.m.;

* Jan. 28 – Spencer, 10 a.m.;

* Jan. 29 – Holstein, 10 a.m.;

* Feb. 4 – Humboldt, 10 a.m.;

* Feb. 5 — Mount Pleasant, 10 a.m.;

* Feb. 5 – Albia, 5:30 p.m.;

* Feb. 6 – Winterset, 10 a.m.;

* Feb. 6 – Osceola, 5:30 p.m.; and

* Feb. 19 – Ames, 5:30 p.m.

The complete schedule, pre-registration information and sponsor list is at www.iowabeefcenter.org.