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:

2014 1st Quarter Report
2014 2nd Quarter Report
2013 Annual Accomplishments
2013 Third Quarter 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


August 2014 Articles


Advanced KY Grazing School at Eden Shale

The Advanced Grazing School is going to be held at the Eden Shale farm in Owenton County on September 11th. This program is used to go more in depth on important forage and animal topics for those who have attended a grazing program in the past.


Tweaking Your Grazing System Educational Program Round 2: Monroe County

A fall grazing school will be held in Monroe County on September 16th, and will begin at 4:00pm.


Overseeding Pastures in Kentucky

Overseeding pastures is an excellent management tool that can be used to improve pastures. Learn what you need to do to properly reseed a pasture and how different seeds require different rates and seeding depths.


Late Summer Nitrogen Applications to Pastures- Will it Pay in 2014?

This is the time of year many producers apply nitrogen to their pastures to boost production for fall and winter grazing. Determine if applying nitrogen will benefit your operation this year or if it would not be a good economical decision.