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Growing up caring for cattle

Cecelia Rowe has a very important role in her family's cattle farm. A new book about the 10-year-old helps other students learn about how farmers care for animals.
Ten-year-old Cecelia Rowe has a very important role on her family’s cattle farm near Dallas Center.

Not only is she raising calves for her very first year in 4-H, she works alongside her parents, Laura and Tanner, her brother, Ben, and her sister, Adeline, to care for cattle in the family’s cattle feedlot.

It’s an important job, and one that not many other 10-year-olds have a chance to experience.

But through a new book, students can follow along with Cecelia as she tells the story of her family’s farm. “My Family’s Beef Farm,” written by Katie Olthoff, introduces children and adults to a working cattle farm in Iowa.

Nancy Degner, former executive director of the Iowa Beef Industry Council, suggested a book be made to...



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