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


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2015 Third Quarter Report
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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  

University of Kentucky Extension Develops Kentucky Grazing Networks


What is a grazing network?

A grazing network is a group of like-minded farmers in a region that desire to increase their knowledge and understanding of managing forages and livestock under pasture-based production systems.

What is involved with a grazing network?

Being part of a grazing network is voluntary.  An openness to learning and sharing experiences provides an environment in which members are both students and teachers to one another.  A farmer-to-farmer learning environment is offered to members.  Members share with each other their own personal experiences, listen to others and learn from their experiences and identify areas that the group would benefit from having educational programs delivered to its members.

What are the benefits of a grazing network?

Members garner timely and practical information that can help them in making decisions regarding management of forages and pasture-based livestock systems.  The network is the contacts made between individuals that unite each member in the spirit of self-improvement.  Many of the activities are hands-on, seeing what other members do on their farms, providing ideas that can be implemented on one’s own farm. Grazing networks typically have a newsletter to share information and upcoming events.  The University of Kentucky will publish and distribute a grazing network newsletter.

Who should consider participating?

Individuals who have an interest in managing their forages and pastures for improved profitability are ideal participants for a grazing network.  Also, individuals who are open to sharing their experiences while also being open to new ideas are valuable members.  Those looking for a social group to share with and learn from might consider joining a grazing network.

What activities does the grazing network provide?

The core of the learning experience in a grazing network is a series of pasture walks conducted during the grazing season.  These often occur on various network members’ farms.  These walks generally provide an opportunity to see how others manage their forages, pastures and livestock while providing additional eyes to critique, question, and complement the operator.  Organized educational programs or trips may also be a part of some grazing networks.

Who do I contact about joining a grazing network?

Contact your local county Extension office and visit with the agricultural agent.