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

2016 First Quarter Report
2015 Fourth Quarter Report
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  


UKAg Videos

Ultra-High Density Grazing

Feeding soybean hulls to lower fescue toxicity

Greg Reynolds: Kentucky Grazing School

Testing Forages for Nitrates

Warm-Season Grasses


May 2016 Articles

Picking Apples off the Grazing Tree: How far can we extend the grazing season profitably? - Dr. Greg Halich, UK Ag Economist

UK Extension Agricultural Economist, Dr. Greg Halich, discusses extending the grazing season, and the actual value of grazing over feeding hay. Through different methods like adjusting stocking rates, and incorporating the use of annual and stockpiled forages the profitability of an operation can be affected. Dr. Halich evaluates if one more day of grazing is truly more valuable than feeding hay.


Advanced KY Grazing School Highlights Alfalfa Utilization

The Master Grazer program recently held the annual Advanced Kentucky Grazing School at the UK C. Oran Little Research Farm in Versailles. There were 42 producers in attendance from across the State to learn more about integrating alfalfa and winter annuals into their grazing systems.


Cattle Management Practices When Grazing Alfalfa - Dr. Donna Amaral-Phillips, UK Dairy Specialist

Alfalfa is a versatile crop that can be planted in pure or mixed stands. Often noted for its value as a hay crop, alfalfa can be utilized in a grazing system as well. Dr. Amaral-Phillips weighs the benefits to incorporating alfalfa into a grazing system, along with precautions that must be considered for success.