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Grazing in Illinois

Grazing in Illinois

Grazing Features

NRCS Knows Grazing
Illinois NRCS values the benefits good grazing management offers Illinois producers and their natural resources. We offer conservation programs and practices specifically designed to help graziers find success in sustainable and profitable operations. NRCS grazing assistance is targeted to all types of livestock operation s—beef, dairy, sheep, goats, bison, etc.

NRCS works alongside many Illinois partners committed to grazing—The Illinois Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI), University of Illinois Extension specialists, and others who value grass and forage production, good grazing management techniques, and planning. NRCS has support staff—two Grass Lands Specialists—who work with all county level Field Office staff, partners and clients to create quality grazing systems.

Grazing Programs & Practices
NRCS programs most relevant to graziers include the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), the Grassland Reserve Program (GRP), the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), and the Organic EQIP options. In addition, NRCS offers valuable resources and guidance such as the Illinois Grazing Manual (see information and link below).

For information on Grazing with the Conservation Stewardship Program

“Good Grazing Makes Good $ense!”

For 2010, NRCS and GLCI launched an effort to promote the art and science of good grazing management through a campaign called “Good Grazing Makes Good $ense!” To learn more about these new educational materials or to speak to someone about using these materials to promote grazing at a local field day, demonstration site or workshop, please contact your local NRCS District Conservationist.

Photo of the four grazing bannersWith feed costs always on the rise, Illinois livestock operators might be ready to consider the benefits of a GRAZING MANAGEMENT PLAN. “Good Grazing Makes Good $ense!” is Illinois NRCS’ newest information campaign. These materials detail benefits and options of sustainable and profitable grazing systems and they tell you how to make it work on your ground.

Below are grazing resources and helpful information. For more information contact your local NRCS county office.

The following documents require either Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft Word.

Publications on Grazing

Cover of Illinois Grazing manual

Cover of grazing and reduced storage feed document 2017 Grazing Planner Cover Image

Illinois Grazing Manual
Pages from Illinois Grazing Manual are available to downloaded as a PDF

Extending Grazing and Reducing Stored Feed Needs
(PDF, 3.66 MB)

Illinois NRCS 2017 Grazing Planner
(PDF, 10MB)

Other Grazing Information Web Sites and Organizations

Computer Based Grazing Programs and Excel Workbooks
Document Name File Type and Size
Prescribed Grazing Forms
528il_lws_11-29-2012.docx (full form) 
528il_sws_11-29_2012.docx (shortened form)
Microsoft Word
[DOCX, 88 kb]
[DOCX, 77 kb]

Pasture/Hayland/Livestock Inventory Worksheet
Inventory Worksheet
Adobe Acrobat
[PDF, 117kb]

Planning for Grazing System
Microsoft Excel
[XLS, 477 kb]

Illinois Fence Design
Fence Design Workbook
NOTE: Once file is open, go to Help at the bottom of the page for instructions
Microsoft Excel
[XLSM, 5.1 mb]




NRCS Illinois Grass Land Contacts
Matt Bunger, Grass Land Specialist
402 North Kays Drive
Normal, Illinois 61761

Roger Staff, Grass Land Specialist
1111 East Harris Ave.
Greenville, Illinois 62246

Gene Barickman, State Resource Conservationist
2118 W. Park Court
Champaign, IL 61821