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


Extension Publications


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

2016 Second Quarter Report
2016 First Quarter Report
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



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


August 2016 Articles

Prepare Now for Optimum Pastures and Hayfields in 2017

Fall forage management practices set the stage for forage production next year. Soil testing, application of the appropriate type and amount of fertilizer, and reseeding when necessary can impact forage yields this next grazing.

Seeding Winter Annuals

Fall is the time of year to establish winter annuals to provide grazing this fall and/or next spring. Winter annuals can include crops such as wheat, rye, annual ryegrass, or brassicas.

NRCS-Based Cost Share Programs

Several cost share programs are available for assistance in developing your grazing system. These programs include those which can provide financial help in developing the water, fencing, and forage base for grazing livestock.

Tips to Controlling Weeds in Grass Pastures

Using good pasture management practices can help eliminate weeds and unwanted plants in grass pastures and hayfields. To get the most quantity and quality from pastures, use management practices that encourage growth of a vigorous, dense stand of forage grasses and limit germination and growth of unwanted plants.

County Agricultural Investment Programs (CAIP)

All but two of Kentucky’s 120 counties, receive county allotments each year from the KY Ag Development Fund to improve agriculture’s diversification effects. Each county board determines the areas eligible for cost share. Areas covered related to grazing could include interior and perimeter fencing, water development, forage establishment and management, and cattle handling and hay storage facilities.