Upcoming Events

June 20-22, 2023 @ Wall, SD

July 25-27, 2023 @ Summit, SD

Sept 12-14, 2023 @ Chamberlain/Oacoma, SD

Grazing Schools

Topics include:
* Adaptive Management * Concepts of Grazing * Managing Diversity on Rangelands * Working with Livestock * Pasture Allocation * Inventory of Ranch Resources * Plant Species Identification * Mineral Nutrition Needs of Livestock * Seasonality of Grazing Nutrition * Ranch Monitoring Exercises * Soil Health and Infiltration * Transect Reading & Monitoring * Planning Your Own Place * Planning for a Forage Shortage * Fencing & Watering Systems * Holistic Management * Implementing Grazing Practices * Consulting with Grazing Experts

March 13th @ Bison, SD

March 15th @ Sisseton, SD

March 16th @ Ipswich, SD

March 17th @ Platte, SD

Discussions on managed grazing

Grazing Conversations Workshops

This is an opportunity for you to address any problems or concerns you have with managed grazing. Whether you have not started yet and would like more information, or you have begun the process and would like to speak with experts about managed grazing on your ranch, this event is for you. These workshops are FREE to all members. If you are not currently a member, you can get a membership at the door or CLICK HERE to get your membership online.

Evening Classes:
March 14th, 21st, & 23rd

Field Days
April 18-19
April 25-26
May 16-17

Prescribed Fire

Landowner Prescribed Fire Classes & Field Training

The Prescribed Fire Classes and Field Training is for landowners, non-operating landowners, & agency staff; all are welcome. During the training, you will learn how to plan and implement burning on your own land. This training includes the basics of planning, preparation, and conducting safe and effective prescribed fire.
Participants MUST complete one of the evening classroom sessions OR the classroom training offered on the morning of the field day to participate in the live fire training sessions. All classes & field days are FREE.

Grazing School

“Attending the SDGC Grazing School was a game changer for our operation.  I attended primarily to see if there was a better way to utilize our irrigated hay land and decrease inputs.  I left the school with not only with alternative ways to do this but also with knowledge on how to put pressure on weeds on other undesirable plants, increase production, decrease inputs and ultimately improve our soil. After seeing the rainfall simulator for the first time I was blown away!  Seeing the water infiltrate into different soils and plant scenarios was one thing but flipping the pans over to reveal what really got water and what didn’t left a lasting impact on me.” – Shawn Freeland, Caputa, South Dakota

What is the Grazing School?

We are having three grazing schools this year (2023):

June 20-22 in Wall, SD
July 25-27 in Summit, SD
September 12-14 in Chamberlain/Oacoma, SD

The Grazing School is designed for producers and anyone with an interest in learning how to best manage grasslands to benefit livestock.

The agenda features presenters from state and federal agencies, and universities. Area producers share their expertise about various topics related to grazing techniques and grassland management. Participants will hear presentations in the classroom and gain experience with hands-on activities in the field. 

Space is limited. Early registration is encouraged.

COST*: $300 for current SDGC members Or $335 for non-members – which includes a  one-year membership. $150 for each additional person from the same operation.

*Fee includes session materials, snacks and meals.

Send registration form and fee to:

South Dakota Grassland Coalition
Attn: Judge Jessop
24690 299th Ave
Presho, SD 57568

Please make checks payable to: South Dakota Grassland Coalition