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West River Grazing School

June 22, 2021 - June 24, 2021

June 22-24, 2021 – Wall, SD

For information & registration call: (605) 280-0127

Hosted by: South Dakota Grassland Coalition, www.SDGrass.org

Vision: To offer grazing land managers of South Dakota useful tools to maintain healthy and diverse ecosystems while optimizing available natural resources.

For the third year the South Dakota Grassland Coalition will host the West River/South Dakota Grazing School in the Wall area, June 22-24, 2021. Contact us at (605) 280-0127 or visit SDGrass.org for further information. 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 with a pasture allocation activities with cattle at the Guptill Ranch. Space is limited. Early registration is encouraged to participate.


  • 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 and Monitoring
  • Planning Your Own Place
  • Planning for a Forage Shortage
  • Fencing and Watering Systems
  • Holistic Management
  • Implementing Grazing Practices
  • Consultation with Grazing Experts

Cost: $150 for SDGC members or $180 for non-members – which includes a one-year membership. *Fee includes session materials and meals.

Accommodations: Participants are responsible for lodging. Ask for the “Grazing School” block. Rooms reserved at Ann`s Motel, Wall, SD, (605) 279-2501 and Econo Lodge (605) 515-3856. Classroom activities will take place at Wall Community Events Center (across the street from Wall Drug). Pat Guptill Ranch will host pasture activities.

What participants can provide: Bring a map of the pasture/ground you manage to help develop an action plan during the school. If you want us to print a map, please let us know.

Information: Judge Jessop, (605) 280-0127 or judge.jessop@sdconservation.net

Download registration form here.

Send registration form and fee to:

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


South Dakota Grassland Coalition
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Wall Community Center
501 Main Street
Wall, SD 57790
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