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


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2014 1st Quarter Report
2014 2nd Quarter Report
2013 Annual Accomplishments
2013 Third Quarter Report
2012 Annual Accomplishments
2011 Annual Accomplishments




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


September 2014 Articles

Fall Reminders for 2014

As summer comes to an end and weather conditions change, so does pasture management. This article covers several tips for managing pastures and cattle as the growing season comes to a close.


Limited Water Access

Water quality can impact the performance of a cattle herd. Cattle perform better when they have clean water rather than muddy and stagnant water often found in ponds on many Kentucky farms. Simple systems exist to provide cattle better quality water from ponds without spending much money.


National Cooperative Soil Survey

The National Cooperative Soil Survey is a website that allows a producer to answer the question of “how many animals can I have” and identify soil types for areas within fields of a farm. This website can help identify fields which may be higher yielding and give an estimated average forage yield based on soil type.


Forage of the Month: Spring Oats

When needing additional pasture in the late fall, a producer can plant spring oats as a quick growing source of forage. Spring oats can be grazed about 60 days after emergence, but usually does not survive the winter. Spring oats are high quality and can be used for grazing, hay, or silage.


Soil Testing

Knowing the fertility and pH of a pasture in the fall gives one time to get fertilizer applied well before grasses start to grow in the spring. To determine fertilizer and lime needs of pasture land, soils should be sampled properly every 3 to 4 years and fertilizer and/or lime applied based on recommendations.