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 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 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 2015 Articles

Seeding Cool-Season Perennial Grasses

Good establishment and management practices should be practiced for success when renovating cool-season pastures. This article covers several tips to review before renovating these pastures.


Late Summer Nitrogen Applications to Pastures- Will They Pay in 2015?

Should you apply nitrogen to the fields you are going to stockpile fescue for grazing in November or December? In 2015, economic evaluations suggest targeting pastures with the highest fescue content and low legume content for nitrogen application versus fescue-clover stands.


Tips for Stockpiling Fescue

Stockpiled fescue is an option to provide quality grazing during the early winter period when forages are not actively growing. To take advantage of this practice, a field needs to be selected in August and not grazed again until November or December.


Managing Rye and Annual Ryegrass

Cereal rye and annual ryegrass can provide valuable grazing opportunities in the fall, early winter, and again next spring. Learn about establishing and managing these grasses in this article.


Results of Stockpiled Fescue Demonstrations Completed in 2014-2015

Cooperators in five KY counties participated in a stockpiled fescue demonstration. Forage yields with nitrogen fertilization averaged 1.7 tons dry matter per acre or enough forage to support 79 animal units (1000 lbs of body weight) grazing for a day. Applying 46 units of actual nitrogen (100 lbs of urea/acre) resulted in 0.6 tons more forage dry matter per acre or 29 more grazing days per acre for an animal unit compared to the area where nitrogen was not applied.