Grazing Specialists

Grazing Specialists are here to help you get started grazing and/or improve your grazing practices.

Because Managed Grazing provides so many environmental services, state and federal agencies charged with protecting natural resources have grazing specialists on staff to assist farmers who are interested in improving their pasture management. Federal grazing specialists at Natural Resources Conservation Services (USDA-NRCS), for example, operate locally in every state and it is their job to provide farmers with free technical assistance. They are available to visit pastures, make recommendations and help create a blueprint for seeding, fencing, waterlines and lanes. They answer questions, provide support and are invaluable sources of information about managing pasture and livestock for optimum production and profit. Be sure to ask your NRCS agent about cost sharing available for implementing and improving rotational grazing systems under the "managed grazing 528 practice standard."

  • County Land Conservation Departments
  • Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council
  • Private Consultants
  • Non-Profit Organization

Grazing Specialists Statewide


Statewide: Adam Abel, State Grazing Specialist, (715) 467‐1037

Northwest: Brian Briski, (715) 701‐2960

Southwest: Brian Hillers, (608) 219‐7344

Southeast: Thelma Heidel-Baker, (262) 622-2109

Central-west: Josh Odekirk, (262) 470‐2064

Central-east: Derrick Raspor, (920) 740-5810


Columbia: Todd Rietmann, (608) 742-9675

Dane: Marie Raboin, (608-630-3325)

Marathon: Bill Kolodziej, (715) 581-1125

Sauk: Serge Koenig,

Vernon: Ben Wojahn, (608) 637-5482 or Jim Munsch (608) 637-5480

UW Extension

Gene Schriefer, Dodgeville (608) 930-9850

Randy Zogbaum, Madison

Dr. Yoana Newman, UW-River Falls

Resource Conservations & Development Councils (RC&Ds)

Glacierland RC&D: (920) 465-3006

Golden Sands RC&D: (715) 343-6215

River Country RC&D: (715) 579-4916

Technical Service Providers

Rachel Bouressa, New London, WI:

Michael Gehl, Hartford, WI: (262) 689-6689

Randy Gilbertson, Shell Lake, WI:

Kelly Jacobs, Fall Creek, WI:

Lynn Johnson, Turtle Lake, WI: (715) 225-9882,

Marie Raboin, Barneveld, WI: (608-630-3325)

Haly Schultz, Neillsville:

Wally Sedlar, Fremont, WI:

Grazing Network Coordinators

Northwest Graziers: Lynn Johnson (715) 225-9882,

Southeast WI Graziers: Kirsten Jurcek (920) 342-9504,

Southwest WI Graziers: Gene Schriefer (608) 930-9850,

Central Wisconsin River Graziers: Bill Kolodziej (715) 261-6038,

Great River Graziers Network: Vance Haugen (608) 326-0223,

Coulee Graziers Network: Jamie Pfaff (715) 284-4257 ext 4,

or Steve Kling (715) 662-5053

River Country Grazing Network: Linda Luberda (715) 579-4916,

or Kevin Mahalko (715) 225-9879,

Columbia-Dodge-Sauk Grazing Network: George Koepp (608) 742-9682, or Todd Rietmann or

Serge Koening (608) 355-4837,

Central Wisco Graziers Network: Derrick Raspor (920) 740-5810,

or Rachel Bouressa (608) 228-6617, see the Grazing Networks page for more information:


Additional Resources

Northeast: Aaron Pape, Northeast Technical College,
Northwest: Robert Brandt, 715-965-6771

Southwest: Cherrie Nolden: multi-species grazing experience,

Statewide: Mary C. Anderson, WI DNR, (715) 579-2206