Pasture Based Beef Finishing

The People Involved with the Project

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About Our People

The Pasture Based Beef Finishing Project brings together a group of talented and diverse Extension faculty and specialists at the University of Kentucky. The members of the team are dedicated to promoting Kentucky agriculture, assisting the farmers, and insuring that the consumers get the best possible products.

The people who are part of this project bring their diverse specialties and interests together to teach the producer what to expect and how to decide if this is a good business option for his/her circumstances.

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Greg Halich

Energetic and determined, Greg Halich takes the driver seat of the project. Greg is an Assistant Extension Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Kentucky. His Extension and research focuses include: grain crop profitability and grain crop budgets, economic analysis of grazing systems and extended season grazing, general farm management economics, timberland investment analysis, and farm management training. You can find out more about Greg at

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Lee Meyer

A seeming master of calm and balance with a real knack for helping people, Extension Professor Lee Meyer has been instrumental in countless (unless you check his vitae) projects. Lee's Extension and research areas of interest include Agricultural and Livestock Marketing, Futures and Risk Management, Sustainable Systems, Group Marketing, and Collaborative Decision Making. You can find out more about Lee at

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Gregg Rentfrow

Captivating meat scientist Gregg Rentfrow is up to his elbows in, well, meat. Since 2006, Gregg has been an Extension Meat Specialist and Assistant Extension Professor in Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Kentucky. He works closely with the Commonwealth's meat and livestock producers and the 4-H and FFA programs developing and organizing educational programs and workshops designed to educate individuals in the meat, food, and livestock industries. You can find out more about Gregg at

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Jeff Lehmkuhler

How do you take science-based information and make it practical and understandable for the people who need it? That's the question Assistant Extension Professor and Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Jeff Lehmkuhler faces every day. Jeff uses information related to beef cattle nutrition and management and the beef industry in the state and the region to help individuals make better informed decisions. You can find out more about Jeff at

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Ray Smith

Most people don't think much about grass breeding -- but Forage Extension Specialist and Associate Extension Professor Ray Smith does and that's a good thing. Ray's graduate research focused on breeding and management of alfalfa and tall fescue. His current research focus is the establishment and maintenance of legumes in pastures, developing computer teaching models, grazing trials, and forage variety testing. You can find out more about Ray at,Ray

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Sarah Lovett

Like a drover on a cattle drive, Junior Extension Specialist Sarah Lovett (from West Paducah in Western Kentucky) is keeping these guys moving on and heading up in the right direction (more like hearding cats than cattle). To find out more about Sarah, check out the April 2010 edition of the Agricultural Economics Department Newsletter at

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Last Update: October 20, 2010.