Articles on forages, animals, and grazing systems
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Extension Forage Specialist
University of Kentucky
Phone: (859) 257-3358 Fax: (859) 323-1952
Extension Beef Cattle Specialist
University of Kentucky
Phone: (859) 257-2853 Fax: (859) 257-3412
Western Kentucky Spring Pasture Walk is scheduled for June 14, 2013 at Amos Fisher’s Dairy Farm in Christian county. The pasture walk includes a tour of the farm with discussion of both current forage and grazing management practices. Dairy Extension Specialist Dr. Amaral-Phillips and Forage Extension Specialist Dr. Smith from the University of Kentucky will be there to lead discussions and present research.
The second advanced grazing school is scheduled for June 18, 2013 at the University of Kentucky Research and Education Center in Princeton, KY. This one day program will reexamine important concepts and demonstrate grazing principles for managing both pastures and livestock.
Kelly Kramer is originally from West Virginia and graduated May 5 from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in Equine Science and Management through the department of Animal Sciences. Kelly excelled in her undergraduate degree and is one of the top rated students graduating this year in Animal Science.
Pastures were slow to green-up with the cool weather this spring. However, the past few days of warm weather has really made the grass pop. I noticed today, April 18, that some of the timothy and bluegrass was beginning to flower. Now is a good time to be investigating pasture stands for legume content.
Warm-season annuals such as sorghum, sudangrass, sorghum X sudangrass hybrids, and millets are useful forages for summer grazing.When deciding which of these forages might fit into your grazing system, it is important to recognize the different traits and common uses of each.
When planning a grazing management plan for your pastures, it’s important to realize that pasture is the most economical and efficient way to feed your animals. When managing pasture, both the animal nutrient needs and pasture requirements should be considered. To start, begin by identifying the forage species in a pasture. Next estimate how much of it is there. During most of the spring and fall in Kentucky, you will find cool-season grasses along with some legumes.
June 14, 2013
Amos Fisher Dairy Farm
Advanced Grazing School (1 day)
June 18, 2013
UK Research & Education Center, Princeton, KY
AFGC National Tour
May 22-24 2013
If you are interested in attending a dairy meeting contact Curt Judy (Todd Co.) 270-265-5659 or
Jay Stone (Christian Co.)
If you are interested in attending a Northern KY pasture walk contact Don Sorrell (Campbell Co.) (859) 572-2600, Daniel Allen (Kenton Co.) (859) 356-3155, Michael Mann (Pendleton Co.) (859) 654-3395, Chris Ammerman (Grant Co.) (859) 824-3355, or Jerry Brown (Boone Co.) (859) 586-6101