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

Additional Resources


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

2015 Fourth Quarter Report
2015 Third Quarter Report
2015 Second Quarter Report
2015 First Quarter Report
2013-2014 Bi-annual Report
2012 Annual Accomplishments
2011 Annual Accomplishments




Austin Sexten

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

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 Videos

Ultra-High Density Grazing

Feeding soybean hulls to lower fescue toxicity

Greg Reynolds: Kentucky Grazing School

Testing Forages for Nitrates

Warm-Season Grasses


March 2016 Articles

The Value of Coated Seed- Ray Smith, UK Forage Specialist

UK Forage Specialist Dr. Ray Smith discusses the use of coatings on different forage seeds. He discusses the use and success of seed coatings along with results of recent research comparing coated and uncoated seeds. The use of seed coatings has gained in popularity in recent years with a variety of coatings for purposes such as seed flowability, early plant growth promotion, fungicides and many more.


2016 Kentucky Grazing School Planned for May

The Annual Kentucky Grazing School will be held on May 17 and 18 in Versailles. This two day event is a combination of intense education both inside the classroom and out in the field with hands on exercises. Lead by UK Specialists and industry professionals, attendees can expect to come away from the school with a broader understanding of implementing a grazing system on their operation.


Planning Your Grazing System

Implementing a grazing system can be intimidating for some producers. However, with careful planning and considering the operation’s resources a well developed grazing system can pay dividends. An operation’s forage base, water availability, fencing system, animal needs as well as the time/labor required to manage a system are all key components in a well designed grazing system.


Reminder: Advanced KY Grazing School to Be Held April 12 in Versailles

A reminder that the Advanced KY Grazing School will be held on April 12, 2016 at 5:00 PM at the C. Oran Little Research Unit in Versailles. The focus of this year’s school is utilizing alfalfa in a grazing system.