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


Extension Publications


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

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




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  


Assess Past Grazing Season and Plan Ahead


As the grazing season comes to an end, take time to reflect on and assess the past grazing season. It is important to continually make an effort to improve and advance a managed grazing system. When planning for the upcoming grazing season, decide on a purposed budget and time limitation. If you have little or no budget to make improvements to your grazing system, simple changes to management practices can make significant improvements.


With a constant stream of new information and ideas, farming is often a trial and error operation. The majority of producers utilizing a functional rotational grazing system will tell others that they have tried many different options to see what works best for them. When reflecting on the past season, consider what has worked well and what made little or no noticeable improvements. Self-assessment can be useful to prioritize potential additions or alterations. Assess your water system and fencing system, pasture quality and conditions, utilization of resources, environmental impact, and animal health.


Areas to Assess:


Potential changes to consider:


As winter approaches, it is the ideal time to evaluate the past season and start to think of changes that you would like to make to your grazing system. Because many pasture changes, such as seeding and fertilizing, need to be made in early spring, preparing and planning is vital. Deciding how much money and time you have to put into your improvements is also important to do prior to the upcoming grazing season. Start assessing the past grazing season and plan desired changes now to increase the possibility of implementing these changes.