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:

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

Warm Season annuals

Warm season annuals can provide a high quality forage during the summer months when cool-season grasses are experiencing “summer slump”. Using warm-season annuals may reduce or end the need for feeding stored feeds and overgrazing cool-season pastures throughout the summer slump season. Warm-season annuals are also commonly used when renovating pastures, and can be used to decrease weed and erosion issues before perennials are seeded.


Grazing Green Corn

Are the cows out or have you planned to graze green corn as a summer or early fall crop? Corn can be used effectively in a grazing rotation and harvested by cattle. Grazing corn can help extend the grazing season while providing a high quality forage to cattle.


Planning Checklist for Pasture Fly Control-2015

As temperatures get warmer and fly season approaches, planning the type of fly control to use on your operation is crucial. Determining the key pest and the impact it has on your herd is the first step in deciding which pest control products to use. Each year is different and several different methods exist to controlling fly problems.