SD Grassland Coalition

SD Mentoring Network

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Bill Slovek
20925 Slovek Rd
Philip, SD 57567
605-457-2311
slovek@gwtc.net

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mentoring Topics

  • Goal Setting/Decision Making: Aeschlimann, Blair, Faulstich, Perman, Rasmussen, Steffen, Wagner
  • Monitoring & Record Keeping: Paulson, Rasmussen, Smeenk, Steffen, Wagner
  • Fencing: Aeschlimann, Ausland, Bien, Doud, Faulstich, Guptill, Paulson, Perman, Rasmussen, Steffen, Wagner
  • Economics of Grazing Management: Ausland, Blair, Kopriva, Rasmussen, Steffen, Wagner
  • Cropland Aftermath Grazing: Aeschlimann, Faulstich, Kopriva, Wagner
  • Grazing Management/Rotations: Aeschlimann, Ausland, Blair, Doud, Faulstich, Guptill, Kopriva, Paulson, Rasmussen, Reddick, Steffen, Totton, Wagner
  • Low Stress Livestock Handling: Aeschlimann, Blair, Faulstich, Rasmussen, Reddick, Totton, Wagner
  • Water Development/Placement: Aeschlimann, Ausland, Bein, Blair, Doud, Perman Paulson, Rasmussen, Steffen, Wagner
    Multispecies Grazing: Wagner
  • Using Livestock as a Management Tool: Bien, Faulstich, Rasmussen, Steffen, Totton, Wagner
  • Wildlife Considerations: Bien, Faulstich, Rasmussen, Smeenk, Steffen, Wagner
  • Pest Management: Guptill, Paulson, Rasmussen, Steffen
  • Grazing Management for Expired CRP: Faulstich, Guptill, Rasmussen
  • Covercrops: Aeschlimann, Faulstich, Kopriva, Wagner
  • Grass Finishing: Guptill, Wagner, Totton, Rasmussen
  • Winter Grazing Strategies: Anderson, Faulstich, Guptill, Rasmussen, Totton, Wagner
  • Soil Health/Hydrology: Faulstich, Rasmussen, Wagner
  • Prescribed Burning: Kopriva, Reddick, Steffen, Slovek, Wagner
  • Cross-fence Weaning: Anderson Blair, Faulstich, Kopriva, Paulson, Rasmussen, Reddick, Totton, Wagner
  • Drought Planning: Blair, Doud, Faulstich, Rasmussen, Steffen, Totton
  • Generational Transfer of Ranch: Perman, Faulstich, Blair, Rasmussen
  • Enterprise Diversification (Hunting, Recreation): Faulstich, Perman, Rasmussen, Steffen, Wagner
  • Biological Control of Noxious Weeds: Guptill, Perman, Rasmussen, Reddick
  • Sheep Rotational Grazing, Fencing: Aeschlimann
  • Calving In-Sync with Nature: Doud, Rasmussen, Wagner
  • Ranch Economics: Anderson

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SD Grassland Coalition
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