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


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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  


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


Summer Articles

Supplementation with Soybean Hulls can Cost Effectively Boost Weight of Stockers on Toxic Fescue Pasture

Almost all cattle pastures in Kentucky have traditional KY 31 fescue that contains a fungal endophyte that can cause fescue toxicosis. While this may not cause animals to die, weight gain is reduced, especially in stockers. Supplementing with coproducts like soybeans hulls can help increase average daily gain when stockers are grazing.


Aerating Pastures, Is It Worth It?

For many years, claims have been made that aerating pastures improves pasture soil conditions, and increases forage yield. Research at the University of Tennessee compared two different aerating methods to a control, non-aerated area. Their results showed aerating the soil was not beneficial to justify the money spent on fuel, equipment, and labor.


Managing Warm Season Annuals

Warm-season annuals can be a valuable forage for summer grazing because they grow when other cool season grasses are not growing. These forages can be very high in quality and yield if managed properly. However, these grasses require different management practices than tall fescue.


Advanced Grazing School

The 2015 Advanced KY Grazing School will be held at the Spindletop farm in Lexington, KY on August 17, 2015. Registration fee is $20.00 and the event will begin at 7:30am EDT. Topics will include renovating and establishment of pastures with demonstrations on calibrating equipment, summer grazing options lead by invited speakers from the Southeast, and fall grazing options. The morning program will held in the field at the Agronomy plots.


Farm Highlight: Stockpiling by John Thomas

John Thomas, a beef producer in Madison County, hosted a Grazing for Cash stockpiling fescue demonstration for the Master Grazer Program. Mr. Thomas had not stockpiled fescue in the past and was impressed with the results, and how this practice reduced the amount of hay he had to feed during winter. After computing the expenses with ANR Agent Brandon Sears, Mr. Thomas found that he had saved money by stockpiling fescue.