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This is what we do! 

*  Grazing planning

*  Implementation assistance

*  Guidance on cost-sharing

*  Pasture walks and workshops

Golden Sands' grazing plan writer, Rachel Bouressa, is a NRCS certified Technical Service provider.  Rachel has an educational background in managed grazing and is a grazier herself.  

Rachel can work with current or new farmers interested in managed grazing to convert land into functional and restorative pasture systems, as well as working with existing graziers to enhance their pasture management.  During on farm consultations they discuss:  overall farm goals; budgets; time frames and available human & farm resources and provide workable, economical solutions tailored to the specific farm needs.

Rachel can advise on topics essential to insuring that the producers are properly implementing managed grazing so that they can become financially viable, conservation-minded grazing farmers. Topics include:

  • Pasture establishment                  

  • Seeding recommendations

  • Pasture stocking rates

  • Pasture layout and design

  • Paddock layout within pastures

  • Watering systems

  • Sacrifice areas

  • Overall livestock care, nutrition and handling


Pasture Walks - Pasture walks are valuable learning experiences for new and experienced graziers, as well as those interested in learning more about the principles of managed graziers.  Join us at one!

Any questions - Contact us!  

Rachel Bouressa, Grazing Planner

Golden Sands RC&D Council, Inc.


What is Managed Grazing?

Management Intensive Grazing (MIG) divides a pasture into paddocks where animals graze in controlled rotations, using some paddocks for grazing and allowing others to rest and re-grow.

Green in so many ways!

Grazing utilizes the livestocks' ability to harvest feed and spread fertilizer.  This system can increase yields while reducing labor and inputs for the farmer.  Having the land in grass-based systems reduces soil erosion, and protects our lakes and rivers. The permanent pastures also mimic natural ecosystems and provide habitat for a wide variety of native plants and animals, including prairie chickens and other threatened grassland wildlife.

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We are proud to partner with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), County Land & Water Conservation Departments, the Grazing Land Conservation Initiative, and UW-Extension offices to plan and implement successful grazing systems throughout Central Wisconsin.