Agriculture News: Grazing School set for May 21-22

By Keenan Bishop, Published:

UK Extension is hosting another Grazing School May 21-22 at the Woodford County Extension Office and C. Oran Little Research Center in Woodford County. The pre-registration, which includes a fee of $50, is necessary to hold a place. Enrollment in this grazing school is limited to the first 45 who register.

The fee covers all materials, grazing manual, breaks and lunch both days. The emphasis will be on ruminants — beef, dairy, sheep and goats. This is a very informative hands-on opportunity for those interested in improving your grazing potential.

The two-day training will start at 7:30 a.m. May 21 with registration and refreshments.

Topics include “Benefits of rotational grazing” with Garry Lacefield; “Meeting nutritional needs on pasture” with Donna Amaral-Phillips; and “Grazing Math Concepts” with Jeff Lehmkuhler.

Then the group will travel to the farm for “Introduction to temporary fence” with Jeremy McGill; “Portable/seasonal water and shade systems” with Kevin Laurent and “Hands-on building a rotational grazing system in the field: assessing pasture yield and setting up small paddocks” by Smith and Lehmkuhler.

After lunch is “Methods to assess pasture production and determine stocking rate” and “Growth of grasses and legumes and their response to grazing” both with Ray Smith; “Animal disorders” with Michelle Arnold; “Fence chargers for effective grazing” with Jeremy McGill; and “Fence building: Understanding how to build and use temporary fencing and high tensile fencing.”

Thursday begins at 7:30 a.m., too, with refreshments and then “Making tall fescue work on your farm” with Garry Lacefield; “Implementing a grazing system” with Roy Burris; “Filling the gaps left by tall fescue” with Garry Lacefield; “Cost share programs: County Programs” with Adam Probst; “NRCS Programs” with Sid Brantly; “Minerals for grazing cattle” with Donna Amaral-Phillips; “Forage establishment” with Ray Smith; and “Fundamentals of laying out a grazing system” with Jeff Lehmkuhler.

After lunch you’ll design your own grazing system and then travel to the farm for a field exercise, observe grazed paddocks and hear reports of each group. The day ends with a tour of demonstration plots of spring grazing options, and should be over by 5:30.

Stop by the office for the brochure and registration form. Make checks payable to Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council and send to Jeff Lehmkuhler, 804 W.P. Garrigus Building, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546-0215. For more information, contact Jeff Lehmkuhler, at 859-257-2853 or email

The Franklin County Extension Office is at 101 Lakeview Court. Hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and the phone number is 502-695-9035.

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