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Austin Sexten

Master Grazer Coordinator
804 W.P. Garrigus Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY
(859) 257-7512

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


September 2015 Articles

New Master Grazer Coordinator-Austin Sexten

Austin Sexten recently joined the Master Grazer program as the new Coordinator. He comes with a diverse background in the beef industry and is excited to work with the producers of Kentucky.


Winter Feeding to Protect Pasture

The winter feeding season can be hard on pastures when animals are concentrated in smaller areas for extended periods of time. Management decisions relative to site selection, feed delivery method and the development of a rock or concrete feeding pad can help protect pastures during this harsh time of year.


Timely Tip: Frost and Freezes Increase Cyanide Poisoning Risk

Cyanide poisoning can have a very abrupt and deadly effect on livestock grazing forages and requires careful management as frosts and freezes begin in the area. Plants, such as sorghum, sudangrass, sorghum-sudan hybrids, Johnsongrass, wild cherry, and others, contain compounds that produce free cyanide when these plants are damaged by frost or drought conditions.


Stockpiling Fescue: Dr. Maynard Stetton

This past winter the Master Grazer Educational program conducted several stockpiling demonstrations across KY for producers to see the benefit towards extending the grazing season with this practice. One of these demonstrations was implemented in Oldham County by producer Dr. Maynard Stetton. After seeing the results he was shocked to see the increase that a late summer application of nitrogen made in forage yield.


Timely Tip: Grazing Alfalfa After A Freeze

Although frost-damaged alfalfa is not toxic, one should be cautious when grazing alfalfa after a hard freeze (less than 25˚F) as the threat of bloat increases for a few days after the freeze. Special management decisions need to be made depending on if producer plant to graze or hay alfalfa after a killing freeze. Also, producers need to be cautious in utilizing Alfalfa after light frosts as well.


Plan to Attend the KFGC Annual Field Day- September 17, 2015

The Kentucky Forage and Grasslands Council’s annual field day will be held this year at Woodland Place farm at 2743 Fidelio Road, Pembroke, KY 42266. A wagon tour of Woodland Place Farm along with presentations on the topics of: Weed Control in Alfalfa, Rotational Grazing and Using Cover Crops for Compaction Issues, and Beef Reproduction highlight the agenda for the day.