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NEW Our Amazing Grasslands Video

January 2023, Ollila Family, Newell, SD

In this eight minute video release, the SD Grasslands Coalition visits with David, Holly, and the Ollila Family in Newell, South Dakota (SD). The Ollilas manage grasslands by prioritizing livestock diversity in integrated cattle and sheep grazing, mimicking the diversity of the natural prairie of antelope and buffalo before the land was divided by settlers. David Explains, "The Diversity in livestock is every bit as important as the diversity in the plant community." In late summer when moisture is scarce, David says better grassland management practices that bring diversity to plant life keeps moisture in the ground and concerns for nutritional grazing are a thing of the past.

You can find the rest of the Our Amazing Grasslands videos HERE on the NRCS Youtube channel.


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