Grazing – Pasture Walk

Crawford County is well suited to grazing. Our topography lends itself to smaller farms.  Much of the land is steep and not suited to row crops and its farms are typically on the smaller side, about 100-300 acres. many of these farms offer a good mix of cropland plus woods. Land prices in Crawford County average about $3500 an acre.
The land is highly productive and the county offers lots of amenities, such as other graziers, milk processing plants nearby, good roads, and relatively close shopping in communities such as Prairie du Chien, Lacrosse and Madison.  We still are extremely rural and that’s important to some people. To Don Boland, a dairyman near Seneca, “Our hills and valleys provide great pasture in the summer, protection from cold winter winds.”
Vance Haugen,  Crawford County Agriculture Agent

Are you a Grazing Specialist, Land Manager, or Grazing Educator?

This 2015 Grazing Educator Webinar Series may be for you!
Many topics to choose from: Teaching the Basics of Grazing, Grass Based Financials, Adaptive High Stock Density Grazing and more.

Articles, Resources, Etc.

2016 Great River GraziersCrawford County Pasture Walk Schedule
Gearing Up For Grazing by Vance Haugen (PDF 19 slides, 3.48MB)
The Pasture Walk Method 2012 (PDF 1 page)
Midwest Perennial Forage Working Group – Perennial Forage Resources
Pastures for Profit: A guide to rotational grazing 

*Graziers investigate ‘case of uncomfortable cows’
  • Dairy Star 7/11/2011 3:19:00 PM article by Ron Johnson
    Peralta hosts Great River Graziers pasture walk, seeks answers to reluctant cows
  • STEUBEN, Wis. – Call it “The Case of the Uncomfortable Cows.”  This mini mystery involving some of Wandy Peralta’s cows was investigated during a recent pasture walk in Crawford County, Wis. Read more….

If you have any questions regarding Agriculture in Crawford County,  Call Vance Haugen at 608-326-0223 or e-mail  vance.haugen@ces.uwex.edu