Grazing

Resources and expertise to implement adaptive grazing on your farm

Through the Technical Assistance for Grazing Program and Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship, SFA provides support to new and experienced farmers interested in grazing. Our Beginning Grazier Handbook is designed to assist the beginning grazier in implementing a grazing system, or experienced graziers looking for additional resources.

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Technical Assistance for Grazing Program

The Sustainable Farming Association, in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, is working to increase and improve the amount of regenerative grazing within the prairie pothole region of west and northwest Minnesota. In our Technical Assistance for Grazing program, we will work with twenty farmers to provide:

  • On-farm assessment of your operation
  • Development of a grazing plan
  • Training on adaptive grazing
  • Training on fencing techniques and equipment
  • Stockmanship training
  • Implementation of soil health principles
  • Networking with other graziers

The program is designed to offer one-on-one, boots-on-the-ground training to farmers wanting to begin, improve upon, or expand their grazing enterprise.

Over two years you will work one-on-one with SFA staff and participate in field days where you will learn from and interact with other graziers in this program.

To apply, fill out this application or reach out to Jared Luhman at jared@sfa-mn.org.

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship

SFA and the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship have built a partnership to support the recruitment, education, and training of apprentice dairy farmers who are working with Mentor dairy graziers. The goal of DGA's work is to ensure more small family dairy operations and enhance those that involve grazing into their operation. The Apprenticeship is for farmers who are looking to mentor an individual on their operation and for people who are looking to learn how to dairy farm in a hands-on way of learning.

SFA's Central Minnesota DGA Education Coordinator is Angie Walter, who with her husband, Nate, milks 100 cows and farms 370 acres near Villard, Minn.

Contact Angie at angie@sfa-mn.org or 320.815.9293.

Visit the national DGA website here.

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Grazing Events

Check back for upcoming grazing events!

2024 Midwest Soil Health Summit

Mar 13, 2024 12:00PM—Mar 14, 2024 5:00PM

Courtyard Marriot: 901 Raintree Rd Mankato, MN 56001

Veterinary Discussion – East Central Chapter Meeting

Mar 24, 2024 1:00PM—3:00PM

North Branch MN Library 6355 379th St, North Branch, MN 55056

Cafe Chat – Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship and On-Farm Consulting

Mar 27, 2024 12:00PM—1:30PM

Wooden Nickel Burgers & Brew 448 W Main St. Marshall, MN 56258