Mentoring Network

SD Mentoring Network

A newly updated version of the “Building Connections” Mentor Network publication is now available. Request your copy of the booklet today! Please call Judge Jessop, Coordinator for the South Dakota Grassland Coalition, (605) 280-0127 or email him @ jljessop@kennebectelephone.com

Looking for an agricultural expert to help you improve or expand a certain area of your operation? A network of experts is now available to you.

The South Dakota Grassland Coalition’s mentoring program is designed to recognize experienced producers in various agricultural fields who provide technical and planning assistance to South Dakota farmers and ranchers.

The areas of expertise of our mentors are listed below the contact information section.

Goal Setting/Decision Making:

Bill Aeschlimann
45190 282nd St
Hurley, SD 57306
605-238-5869
605-351-4064
daklamb@iw.net

Ed Blair
19599 Bear Butte Rd
Vale, SD 57788
605-347-1180
blairbrosangus@gmail.com

Jim Faulstich
33795 186th St
Highmore, SD 57345
605-852-2622
605-871-3606
faulstich@venturecomm.net

Lyle Perman 
Luke Perman
30872 143rd St
Lowry, SD 57422
605-649-7629 (Lyle)
605-649-6468 (Luke)
lyle@rockhillsranch.com

Dan Rasmussen
26151 Cedar Butte Rd.
Belvidere, SD 57521
605-344-2250
605-685-3315
the33ranch@gmail.com

David Steffen
34110 294th St
Burke, SD 57523
605-775-9112
605-830-9112
dsteffen@threeriverwb.net

Larry Wagner
26314 350th Ave
Chamberlain, SD 57325
605-894-4448
605-894-4363 (Dr. Jullie)
wagner@midstatesd.net

Monitoring & Record Keeping:

David Steffen
34110 294th St
Burke, SD 57523
605-775-9112
605-830-9112
dsteffen@threeriverwb.net

Dan Rasmussen
26151 Cedar Butte Rd.
Belvidere, SD 57521
605-344-2250
605-685-3315
the33ranch@gmail.com

Dale Paulson
21757 375th Ave
Wessington, SD 57381
605-458-2376
605-354-0441
DRPaulson@venturecomm.net

Jeff Smeenk
12771 Orman Rd.
Newell, SD 57760
605-456-0200
cn_ranch@sdplains.com

Larry Wagner
26314 350th Ave
Chamberlain, SD 57325
605-894-4448
605-894-4363 (Dr. Jullie)
wagner@midstatesd.net

Fencing:

Bill Aeschlimann
45190 282nd St
Hurley, SD 57306
605-238-5869
605-351-4064
daklamb@iw.net

Larry Wagner
26314 350th Ave
Chamberlain, SD 57325
605-894-4448
605-894-4363 (Dr. Jullie)
wagner@midstatesd.net

Eugene Ausland
41540 144th St
Andover, SD 57422
605-492-3255
605-492-7876

Neil Bien
10770 436th Ave
Veblen, SD 57270
605-448-2173
605-448-8542
neilbien@venturecomm.net

Rick Doud
23766 SD Hwy 34
Midland, SD 57552
605-843-2262
605-441-1813
doudranch@wildblue.net

Jim Faulstich
33795 186th St
Highmore, SD 57345
605-852-2622
605-871-3606
faulstich@venturecomm.net

Pat Guptill
23502 Big Foote Rd
Quinn, SD 57775
605-386-2323
605-515-3890
pcguptill@gmail.com

Dale Paulson
21757 375th Ave
Wessington, SD 57381
605-458-2376
605-354-0441
DRPaulson@venturecomm.net

Dan Rasmussen
26151 Cedar Butte Rd.
Belvidere, SD 57521
605-344-2250
605-685-3315
the33ranch@gmail.com

David Steffen
34110 294th St
Burke, SD 57523
605-775-9112
605-830-9112
dsteffen@threeriverwb.net

Lyle Perman 
Luke Perman
30872 143rd St
Lowry, SD 57422
605-649-7629 (Lyle)
605-649-6468 (Luke)
lyle@rockhillsranch.com

Economics of Grazing Management:

Dan Rasmussen
26151 Cedar Butte Rd.
Belvidere, SD 57521
605-344-2250
605-685-3315
the33ranch@gmail.com

David Steffen
34110 294th St
Burke, SD 57523
605-775-9112
605-830-9112
dsteffen@threeriverwb.net

Larry Wagner
26314 350th Ave
Chamberlain, SD 57325
605-894-4448
605-894-4363 (Dr. Jullie)
wagner@midstatesd.net

Jim Kopriva
41577 169th St
Raymond, SD 57258
605-532-5689
605-468-0003
koprivaangus@itctel.com

Eugene Ausland
41540 144th St
Andover, SD 57422
605-492-3255
605-492-7876

Ed Blair
19599 Bear Butte Rd
Vale, SD 57788
605-347-1180
blairbrosangus@gmail.com

Cropland Aftermath Grazing:

Bill Aeschlimann
45190 282nd St
Hurley, SD 57306
605-238-5869
605-351-4064
daklamb@iw.net

Jim Kopriva
41577 169th St
Raymond, SD 57258
605-532-5689
605-468-0003
koprivaangus@itctel.com

Jim Faulstich
33795 186th St
Highmore, SD 57345
605-852-2622
605-871-3606
faulstich@venturecomm.net

Larry Wagner
26314 350th Ave
Chamberlain, SD 57325
605-894-4448
605-894-4363 (Dr. Jullie)
wagner@midstatesd.net

Grazing Management/Rotations:

Bill Aeschlimann
45190 282nd St
Hurley, SD 57306
605-238-5869
605-351-4064
daklamb@iw.net

Larry Wagner
26314 350th Ave
Chamberlain, SD 57325
605-894-4448
605-894-4363 (Dr. Jullie)
wagner@midstatesd.net

Eugene Ausland
41540 144th St
Andover, SD 57422
605-492-3255
605-492-7876

Ed Blair
19599 Bear Butte Rd
Vale, SD 57788
605-347-1180
blairbrosangus@gmail.com

Rick Doud
23766 SD Hwy 34
Midland, SD 57552
605-843-2262
605-441-1813
doudranch@wildblue.net

Jim Faulstich
33795 186th St
Highmore, SD 57345
605-852-2622
605-871-3606
faulstich@venturecomm.net

Pat Guptill
23502 Big Foote Rd
Quinn, SD 57775
605-386-2323
605-515-3890
pcguptill@gmail.com

Dale Paulson
21757 375th Ave
Wessington, SD 57381
605-458-2376
605-354-0441
DRPaulson@venturecomm.net

David Steffen
34110 294th St
Burke, SD 57523
605-775-9112
605-830-9112
dsteffen@threeriverwb.net

Jim Kopriva
41577 169th St
Raymond, SD 57258
605-532-5689
605-468-0003
koprivaangus@itctel.com

Dan Rasmussen
26151 Cedar Butte Rd.
Belvidere, SD 57521
605-344-2250
605-685-3315
the33ranch@gmail.com

Ellen Reddick
11611 Reddick Lane
St. Onge, SD 57779
605-642-3272
605-569-1598

Charlie Totton
34655 240th St.
Chamberlain, SD 57325
605-234-0349
tottonranch@midstatesd.net

Low Stress Livestock Handling:

Bill Aeschlimann
45190 282nd St
Hurley, SD 57306
605-238-5869
605-351-4064
daklamb@iw.net

Larry Wagner
26314 350th Ave
Chamberlain, SD 57325
605-894-4448
605-894-4363 (Dr. Jullie)
wagner@midstatesd.net

Jim Faulstich
33795 186th St
Highmore, SD 57345
605-852-2622
605-871-3606
faulstich@venturecomm.net

Ed Blair
19599 Bear Butte Rd
Vale, SD 57788
605-347-1180
blairbrosangus@gmail.com

Charlie Totton
34655 240th St.
Chamberlain, SD 57325
605-234-0349
tottonranch@midstatesd.net

Dan Rasmussen
26151 Cedar Butte Rd.
Belvidere, SD 57521
605-344-2250
605-685-3315
the33ranch@gmail.com

Ellen Reddick
11611 Reddick Lane
St. Onge, SD 57779
605-642-3272
605-569-1598

Water Development/Placement:

Bill Aeschlimann
45190 282nd St
Hurley, SD 57306
605-238-5869
605-351-4064
daklamb@iw.net

Larry Wagner
26314 350th Ave
Chamberlain, SD 57325
605-894-4448
605-894-4363 (Dr. Jullie)
wagner@midstatesd.net

Eugene Ausland
41540 144th St
Andover, SD 57422
605-492-3255
605-492-7876

Ed Blair
19599 Bear Butte Rd
Vale, SD 57788
605-347-1180
blairbrosangus@gmail.com

Rick Doud
23766 SD Hwy 34
Midland, SD 57552
605-843-2262
605-441-1813
doudranch@wildblue.net

Neil Bien
10770 436th Ave
Veblen, SD 57270
605-448-2173
605-448-8542
neilbien@venturecomm.net

Dan Rasmussen
26151 Cedar Butte Rd.
Belvidere, SD 57521
605-344-2250
605-685-3315
the33ranch@gmail.com

Dale Paulson
21757 375th Ave
Wessington, SD 57381
605-458-2376
605-354-0441
DRPaulson@venturecomm.net

David Steffen
34110 294th St
Burke, SD 57523
605-775-9112
605-830-9112
dsteffen@threeriverwb.net

Multispecies Grazing: 

Larry Wagner
26314 350th Ave
Chamberlain, SD 57325
605-894-4448
605-894-4363 (Dr. Jullie)
wagner@midstatesd.net

Using Livestock as a Management Tool:

Larry Wagner
26314 350th Ave
Chamberlain, SD 57325
605-894-4448
605-894-4363 (Dr. Jullie)
wagner@midstatesd.net

Neil Bien
10770 436th Ave
Veblen, SD 57270
605-448-2173
605-448-8542
neilbien@venturecomm.net

Jim Faulstich
33795 186th St
Highmore, SD 57345
605-852-2622
605-871-3606
faulstich@venturecomm.net

Dan Rasmussen
26151 Cedar Butte Rd.
Belvidere, SD 57521
605-344-2250
605-685-3315
the33ranch@gmail.com

David Steffen
34110 294th St
Burke, SD 57523
605-775-9112
605-830-9112
dsteffen@threeriverwb.net

Charlie Totton
34655 240th St.
Chamberlain, SD 57325
605-234-0349
tottonranch@midstatesd.net

Wildlife Considerations:

Larry Wagner
26314 350th Ave
Chamberlain, SD 57325
605-894-4448
605-894-4363 (Dr. Jullie)
wagner@midstatesd.net

Neil Bien
10770 436th Ave
Veblen, SD 57270
605-448-2173
605-448-8542
neilbien@venturecomm.net

Jim Faulstich
33795 186th St
Highmore, SD 57345
605-852-2622
605-871-3606
faulstich@venturecomm.net

Dan Rasmussen
26151 Cedar Butte Rd.
Belvidere, SD 57521
605-344-2250
605-685-3315
the33ranch@gmail.com

David Steffen
34110 294th St
Burke, SD 57523
605-775-9112
605-830-9112
dsteffen@threeriverwb.net

Jeff Smeenk
12771 Orman Rd.
Newell, SD 57760
605-456-0200
cn_ranch@sdplains.com

Pest Management:

Pat Guptill
23502 Big Foote Rd
Quinn, SD 57775
605-386-2323
605-515-3890
pcguptill@gmail.com

David Steffen
34110 294th St
Burke, SD 57523
605-775-9112
605-830-9112
dsteffen@threeriverwb.net

Dan Rasmussen
26151 Cedar Butte Rd.
Belvidere, SD 57521
605-344-2250
605-685-3315
the33ranch@gmail.com

Dale Paulson
21757 375th Ave
Wessington, SD 57381
605-458-2376
605-354-0441
DRPaulson@venturecomm.net

Grazing Management for Expired CRP: 

Pat Guptill
23502 Big Foote Rd
Quinn, SD 57775
605-386-2323
605-515-3890
pcguptill@gmail.com

Jim Faulstich
33795 186th St
Highmore, SD 57345
605-852-2622
605-871-3606
faulstich@venturecomm.net

Dan Rasmussen
26151 Cedar Butte Rd.
Belvidere, SD 57521
605-344-2250
605-685-3315
the33ranch@gmail.com

Covercrops:

Jim Faulstich
33795 186th St
Highmore, SD 57345
605-852-2622
605-871-3606
faulstich@venturecomm.net

Jim Kopriva
41577 169th St
Raymond, SD 57258
605-532-5689
605-468-0003
koprivaangus@itctel.com

Larry Wagner
26314 350th Ave
Chamberlain, SD 57325
605-894-4448
605-894-4363 (Dr. Jullie)
wagner@midstatesd.net

Bill Aeschlimann
45190 282nd St
Hurley, SD 57306
605-238-5869
605-351-4064
daklamb@iw.net

Grass Finishing:

Pat Guptill
23502 Big Foote Rd
Quinn, SD 57775
605-386-2323
605-515-3890
pcguptill@gmail.com

Larry Wagner
26314 350th Ave
Chamberlain, SD 57325
605-894-4448
605-894-4363 (Dr. Jullie)
wagner@midstatesd.net

Dan Rasmussen
26151 Cedar Butte Rd.
Belvidere, SD 57521
605-344-2250
605-685-3315
the33ranch@gmail.com

Charlie Totton
34655 240th St.
Chamberlain, SD 57325
605-234-0349
tottonranch@midstatesd.net

Winter Grazing Strategies:

Pat Guptill
23502 Big Foote Rd
Quinn, SD 57775
605-386-2323
605-515-3890
pcguptill@gmail.com

Larry Wagner
26314 350th Ave
Chamberlain, SD 57325
605-894-4448
605-894-4363 (Dr. Jullie)
wagner@midstatesd.net

Dan Rasmussen
26151 Cedar Butte Rd.
Belvidere, SD 57521
605-344-2250
605-685-3315
the33ranch@gmail.com

Charlie Totton
34655 240th St.
Chamberlain, SD 57325
605-234-0349
tottonranch@midstatesd.net

Jim Faulstich
33795 186th St
Highmore, SD 57345
605-852-2622
605-871-3606
faulstich@venturecomm.net

Dallas Anderson
11149 318th Ave
Eureka, SD 57437
605-437-2285
blackbull@valleytel.net

Soil Health/Hydrology:

Jim Faulstich
33795 186th St
Highmore, SD 57345
605-852-2622
605-871-3606
faulstich@venturecomm.net

Larry Wagner
26314 350th Ave
Chamberlain, SD 57325
605-894-4448
605-894-4363 (Dr. Jullie)
wagner@midstatesd.net

Dan Rasmussen
26151 Cedar Butte Rd.
Belvidere, SD 57521
605-344-2250
605-685-3315
the33ranch@gmail.com

Prescribed Burning:

David Steffen
34110 294th St
Burke, SD 57523
605-775-9112
605-830-9112
dsteffen@threeriverwb.net

Jim Kopriva
41577 169th St
Raymond, SD 57258
605-532-5689
605-468-0003
koprivaangus@itctel.com

Ellen Reddick
11611 Reddick Lane
St. Onge, SD 57779
605-642-3272
605-569-1598

Larry Wagner
26314 350th Ave
Chamberlain, SD 57325
605-894-4448
605-894-4363 (Dr. Jullie)
wagner@midstatesd.net

Cross-fence Weaning:

Jim Faulstich
33795 186th St
Highmore, SD 57345
605-852-2622
605-871-3606
faulstich@venturecomm.net

Dallas Anderson
11149 318th Ave
Eureka, SD 57437
605-437-2285
blackbull@valleytel.net

Ed Blair
19599 Bear Butte Rd
Vale, SD 57788
605-347-1180
blairbrosangus@gmail.com

Jim Kopriva
41577 169th St
Raymond, SD 57258
605-532-5689
605-468-0003
koprivaangus@itctel.com

Ellen Reddick
11611 Reddick Lane
St. Onge, SD 57779
605-642-3272
605-569-1598

Larry Wagner
26314 350th Ave
Chamberlain, SD 57325
605-894-4448
605-894-4363 (Dr. Jullie)
wagner@midstatesd.net

Dan Rasmussen
26151 Cedar Butte Rd.
Belvidere, SD 57521
605-344-2250
605-685-3315
the33ranch@gmail.com

Charlie Totton
34655 240th St.
Chamberlain, SD 57325
605-234-0349
tottonranch@midstatesd.net

Dale Paulson
21757 375th Ave
Wessington, SD 57381
605-458-2376
605-354-0441
DRPaulson@venturecomm.net

Drought Planning:

Rick Doud
23766 SD Hwy 34
Midland, SD 57552
605-843-2262
605-441-1813
doudranch@wildblue.net

Ed Blair
19599 Bear Butte Rd
Vale, SD 57788
605-347-1180
blairbrosangus@gmail.com

Dan Rasmussen
26151 Cedar Butte Rd.
Belvidere, SD 57521
605-344-2250
605-685-3315
the33ranch@gmail.com

Jim Faulstich
33795 186th St
Highmore, SD 57345
605-852-2622
605-871-3606
faulstich@venturecomm.net

David Steffen
34110 294th St
Burke, SD 57523
605-775-9112
605-830-9112
dsteffen@threeriverwb.net

Charlie Totton
34655 240th St.
Chamberlain, SD 57325
605-234-0349
tottonranch@midstatesd.net

Generational Transfer of Ranch:

Lyle Perman 
Luke Perman
30872 143rd St
Lowry, SD 57422
605-649-7629 (Lyle)
605-649-6468 (Luke)
lyle@rockhillsranch.com

Ed Blair
19599 Bear Butte Rd
Vale, SD 57788
605-347-1180
blairbrosangus@gmail.com

Dan Rasmussen
26151 Cedar Butte Rd.
Belvidere, SD 57521
605-344-2250
605-685-3315
the33ranch@gmail.com

Jim Faulstich
33795 186th St
Highmore, SD 57345
605-852-2622
605-871-3606
faulstich@venturecomm.net

Enterprise Diversification (Hunting, Recreation):

Lyle Perman 
Luke Perman
30872 143rd St
Lowry, SD 57422
605-649-7629 (Lyle)
605-649-6468 (Luke)
lyle@rockhillsranch.com

David Steffen
34110 294th St
Burke, SD 57523
605-775-9112
605-830-9112
dsteffen@threeriverwb.net

Dan Rasmussen
26151 Cedar Butte Rd.
Belvidere, SD 57521
605-344-2250
605-685-3315
the33ranch@gmail.com

Jim Faulstich
33795 186th St
Highmore, SD 57345
605-852-2622
605-871-3606
faulstich@venturecomm.net

Larry Wagner
26314 350th Ave
Chamberlain, SD 57325
605-894-4448
605-894-4363 (Dr. Jullie)
wagner@midstatesd.net

Biological Control of Noxious Weeds:

Lyle Perman 
Luke Perman
30872 143rd St
Lowry, SD 57422
605-649-7629 (Lyle)
605-649-6468 (Luke)
lyle@rockhillsranch.com

Ellen Reddick
11611 Reddick Lane
St. Onge, SD 57779
605-642-3272
605-569-1598

Dan Rasmussen
26151 Cedar Butte Rd.
Belvidere, SD 57521
605-344-2250
605-685-3315
the33ranch@gmail.com

Pat Guptill
23502 Big Foote Rd
Quinn, SD 57775
605-386-2323
605-515-3890
pcguptill@gmail.com

Sheep Rotational Grazing, Fencing:

Bill Aeschlimann
45190 282nd St
Hurley, SD 57306
605-238-5869
605-351-4064
daklamb@iw.net

Calving In-Sync with Nature:

Rick Doud
23766 SD Hwy 34
Midland, SD 57552
605-843-2262
605-441-1813
doudranch@wildblue.net

Larry Wagner
26314 350th Ave
Chamberlain, SD 57325
605-894-4448
605-894-4363 (Dr. Jullie)
wagner@midstatesd.net

Dan Rasmussen
26151 Cedar Butte Rd.
Belvidere, SD 57521
605-344-2250
605-685-3315
the33ranch@gmail.com

Ranch Economics:

Dallas Anderson
11149 318th Ave
Eureka, SD 57437
605-437-2285
blackbull@valleytel.net