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:

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


January 2016 Articles

Four Things to Think About Before the Grazing Season

Late winter is the time to get the ball rolling in the right direction for a successful, upcoming grazing season. Producers need to act now to take the proper step to prepare their operation to maximize grazing this year. Four areas to consider action include: Evaluating and amending pasture soil fertility, Proper control and elimination of buttercups in pastures, Improving pasture quality by frost seeding legumes, and limiting grass tetany risk by starting livestock on a Hi-Mag mineral supplement.


Advanced Kentucky Grazing School Set for April

The Master Grazer Program will once again be hosting the annual Advanced Kentucky Grazing School on April 12, 2016 at 5:00 PM at the C. Oran Little Research Unit in Versailles, KY. The focus for this year’s school is integrating alfalfa into the grazing system. Topics to be covered include: Establishing new alfalfa stands, using alfalfa in a grazing system, keys to successful baleage, and spring grazing of winter annuals. The school is designed to provide hands on learning opportunities for participants and allow them to see different grazing practices in action.


Grazing Methods- Which One is For You?

Flexibility makes grazing appealing in a variety of situations. Operations of every shape and size can benefit from evaluating their farm and implementing one of many different grazing methods. Before a method is put into place, it is best to determine the best fit of each one and how much infrastructure, time and labor is required for implementation and management.