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Zach Workman

Master Grazer Coordinator
821B W.P. Garrigus Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY
(859) 257-7512
E-mail: zewo222@uky.edu

Faculty Coordinators:

Dr. Ray Smith

Extension Forage Specialist
University of Kentucky
Phone: (859) 257-3358
Fax: (859) 323-1952  
Email: raysmith1@uky.edu

Dr. Donna Amaral-Phillips

Extension Dairy Cattle Specialist
University of Kentucky
Phone: (859) 257-7542
Fax: (859) 257-7537  
Email: damaral@uky.edu

Dr. Jeff Lehmkuhler

Extension Beef Cattle Specialist
University of Kentucky
Phone: (859) 257-2853
Fax: (859) 257-3412  
Email: jeff.lehmkuhler@uky.edu


UKAg Videos

Frost seeding clover in Kentucky

Ultra-High Density Grazing

Feeding soybean hulls to lower fescue toxicity

Greg Reynolds: Kentucky Grazing School

Testing Forages for Nitrates

Warm-Season Grasses


July 2017 Articles

Dung beetles: underground allies

Dr. Lee Townsend has conducted research on these fascinating insects and has provided this article to show the benefits that they can provide to the livestock industry. Learn about the various types of dung beetles and the process they use to decompose manure.

Summer Grazing Tips

This article provides tips and strategies for how to manage all number of forages throughout the hot summer months. The subjects at hand include: Cool season pastures, stockpiling fescue, grazing green corn, grazing alfalfa, and warm season perennials/annuals.

Annual Lespedeza for Forage and Grazing

Annual lespedeza is a summer legume that can be very beneficial to areas with poor soils. This plant has been used in place of alfalfa as it provides nearly as much nutrient quality but at a much smaller cost to the producer. This brief article discusses these traits in greater detail as well as other benefits, varieties, etc.

Introduction to new Master Grazer Coordinator

Zach Workman joined the program in May of this year. He has a background in grass and small grain breeding and is looking forward to working with producers as well as extension throughout the state.