Welcome to the Master Grazer Educational Program

-an educational program to improve grazing practices in beef, dairy, goat and sheep herds


 

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Articles on forages, animals, and grazing systems



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Forages
Extension Publications

 

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Master Grazer Educational Program reports to KY Ag Development Fund Board:

2016 Third Quarter Report
2016 Second Quarter Report
2016 First Quarter Report
2015-2016 Bi-Annual Report
2013-2014 Bi-annual Report
2012 Annual Accomplishments
2011 Annual Accomplishments


 

 

Contacts


Zach Workman

Master Grazer Coordinator
821B W.P. Garrigus Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY
40546-0215
(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


 

Preparing for the summer – Fighting Heat Stress with Shade!


Kentucky’s high temperatures and humidity can greatly impact herd health. Cows often show decreased conception rates, decreased duration and intensity of estrus, decreased calf birth weight, and increased early embryo mortality when experiencing heat stress. Cattle suffering from heat stress spend less time grazing and consume less feed which means lower gains, decreased milk production, and lower overall performance.

 

Signs of Heat Stress

 

Solutions to Heat Stress

 

Types of Shade

 

Providing access to shade and cool, clean water can greatly reduce heat stress. Placement of shade will affect patterns of cattle movement and should be considered before final decisions are made. http://www2.ca.uky.edu/agcomm/pubs/aen/aen99/aen99.pdf http://www2.ca.uky.edu/grazer/April_2013_Heat_Stress.php