Dr. Rhonda Gildersleeve, UW-Extension Grazing Specialist, provides research-based educational programming and information for Wisconsin’s pasture-based dairy and livestock producers in cooperation with local UW-Extension agents as well as other government agency partners and non-profit organizations. Rhonda was promoted to Professor (2014) in the Department of Agriculture and Life Sciences based on her scholarly contributions to address the needs of dairy and livestock producers for timely, research-based information on pasture agronomy, grazing livestock nutrition and use of managed grazing systems to optimize Wisconsin’s diverse pasture resources. As a member of Team Forage, Rhonda co-leads the grazing workgroup and coordinates the biennial UW-Extension Grazing Teaching and Technology Conference, an in-service opportunity for updates on current University grazing research and extension efforts. Rhonda has collaborated with interagency partners on dairy grazing educational seminars at World Dairy Expo, a statewide grazing industry needs assessment, surveys of dairy and beef graziers, and expanded professional development opportunities for Extension educators and other agency technical staff to improve quality and delivery of grazing-related programs and resources to producers. With her office located off-campus at the UW Lancaster Agricultural Research Station, Rhonda also assists research station staff with coordination of field days, tours and meetings to deliver information from current research efforts. She has developed a variety of pasture-related presentations for many audiences, including commercial beef, dairy and sheep producers, rural landowners and youth.
Read more about Rhonda and her work in her Professional Brief: Professor Application Gildersleeve