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


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Cody Smith

Master Grazer Coordinator
804 W.P. Garrigus Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY
(859) 257-7512
Fax: (859) 257-3412

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  

Dr. Garry Lacefield

Extension Forage Specialist
University of Kentucky
Phone: (270) 365-7541 202 
Fax: (270) 365-2667  


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


October/November 2014 Articles

Creep Grazing

Creep grazing is an effective, inexpensive and easy to use method to increase weaning weights of beef calves. Substantially, creep grazing can be more profitable for producers rather than creep feeding.


Weaning Calves on Pasture

WKeeping calves in the environment they are used to can reduce stress during weaning. Stress causes calves to not gain weight, which costs the producer a loss of income. Weaning calves on pasture has several advantages over weaning in a feedlot or pen. Find out why weaning on pasture can help decrease the stress on calves.


Weed of the Month-Nodding thistle

Nodding thistle are a problem in many Kentucky pastures. This article describes their growing season and what a plant looks like. You can control nodding thistle by using mechanical means, cultural practices, or chemical control methods. Dr. Green discusses how each method can be performed effectively in controlling nodding thistle.


Rotational Grazing: David Burge

David Burge teamed up with the Master Grazer program and his local extension agent Tommy Yankey, in Anderson County to conduct a trial on rotational grazing vs. continuous grazing. He found thatrotational grazing had many benefits in comparison to conventional grazing, and is planning to do more with rotational grazing in the future.