American GrazingLands Services LLC is dedicated to aiding farmers and ranchers more effectively manage their grazing lands for economic and environmental sustainability. We provide on-ranch consulting services and participate in many workshops and seminars across the US and Canada. We also are suppliers of electric fence and water system products from a number of sources. The business is owned and operated by Jim and Dawn Gerrish of May, Idaho.
Jim’s experience includes over 20 years of beef-forage systems research and outreach while on the faculty of the University of Missouri, as well as 20 years of commercial cattle and sheep production on their family farm in northern Missouri. The University of Missouri - Forage Systems Research Center rose to national prominence as a result of his research leadership. His research encompassed many aspects of plant-soil-animal interactions and provides foundation for many of the basic principles of Management-intensive Grazing.
He was co-founder of the very popular 3-day grazing management workshop program at FSRC. These schools were attended by over 3000 producers and educators from 39 states and 4 Canadian provinces from their inception in 1990 through 2003 when Jim left MU. At least sixteen other states have conducted grazing workshops based on the Missouri model and Jim has taught in twelve of these states. He is a key instructor in the University of Idaho’s Lost River Grazing Academy held near Salmon, ID each June and September.
Before moving to Idaho, Jim was deeply involved in the Green Hills Farm Project, a grassroots producer group centered in north-central Missouri and emphasizing sustainability of family farms. His research and outreach efforts have been recognized with awards from the American Forage and Grassland Council, Missouri Forage and Grassland Council, National Center for Appropriate Technology, USDA-NRCS, the Soil and Water Conservation Society, Progressive Farmer, and American Agricultural Editor’s Association.
Dawn founded and operated a highly successful electric fence supply business from their Missouri farm. After a break of several years, she has returned to the fence and water supply business, specializing in those hard to find items to suit specialized needs for individual farmers and ranchers.