University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Welcome to the Master Grazer Educational Program

-an educational program to improve grazing practices in beef, dairy, goat and sheep herds


Grazing News Articles

Articles on forages, animals, and grazing systems

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Master Grazer Educational Program reports to KY Ag Development Fund Board:

2013-2014 Bi-annual Report
2012 Annual Accomplishments
2011 Annual Accomplishments




Cody Smith

Master Grazer Coordinator
804 W.P. Garrigus Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY
(859) 257-7512
Fax: (859) 257-3412

Faculty Coordinators:

Dr. Ray Smith

Extension Forage Specialist
University of Kentucky
Phone: (859) 257-3358
Fax: (859) 323-1952  

Dr. Donna Amaral-Phillips

Extension Dairy Cattle Specialist
University of Kentucky
Phone: (859) 257-7542
Fax: (859) 257-7537  

Dr. Jeff Lehmkuhler

Extension Beef Cattle Specialist
University of Kentucky
Phone: (859) 257-2853
Fax: (859) 257-3412  

Dr. Garry Lacefield

Extension Forage Specialist
University of Kentucky
Phone: (270) 365-7541 202 
Fax: (270) 365-2667  


UKAg Video Center

Ultra-High Density Grazing

Feeding soybean hulls to lower fescue toxicity

Greg Reynolds: Kentucky Grazing School

Jim Landis: Kentucky Grazing School

Field Exercise: Kentucky Grazing School

Harvesting Corn for Silage

Testing Forages for Nitrates

Warm-Season Grasses


Early Spring Articles

Spring Grazing School

The University of Kentucky spring grazing school will be held on May 20-21, 2015 in Woodford County. This two-day program will include hands-on exercises, demonstrations, and classroom sessions that include a variety of topics. Emphasis will be on spring and summer grazing options for beef and dairy cattle, sheep and goats. This program is designed to help producers explore opportunities that can increase the productivity of their land and profitability of their operation.


Starting the Grazing Season Off Right

As spring approaches and grasses begin to green up, turning cattle out on pastures early can be tempting. Properly managing spring grass growth will have positive impacts the entire year. Each farming operation is different, but there are multiple ways a producer can manage the spring grass growth to fit his/her operation.


Producing Quality Hay

Hay is the most commonly used stored feed on most farms. Many factors that go into producing high quality hay, and ensuring animal performance does not decline. This article discusses the practices needed to produce high quality hay and how to preserve hay so that minimal nutrient loss occurs.


Spring Reminders

As temperatures warm up and grasses begin to grow the needs of animals change. Make sure that you don’t forget to practice these key management practices.