In the Grazing Livestock Systems major, students study principles of forage and range sciences, animal sciences, and management economics. Students will also learn through seminars, capstone experiences and a planned internship. The integration of disciplines is emphasized in developing production systems that will optimize economic returns consistent with management objectives, resource availability, and environmental health. The flexibility allows specialization in ruminant livestock, forage and range management, or economics, while preserving the systems orientation.
Career opportunities associated with the Grazing Livestock Systems major include farm/ranch management, governmental agencies involved in grassland management, extension education, private land preservation and management, agricultural financial management and loans, livestock organizations and publications, analytical laboratories, allied industries such as feed, animal health/pharmaceuticals, facilities and equipment design, and animal breeding services, or students can possibly move on to graduate/veterinary school.
This program is for students whose educational and career interests focus on the production of livestock utilizing forage crops, pastureland and rangeland as the principal feed resources. The strength of the program is the integration of animal science, forage and range sciences, and business management through a carefully designed curriculum, seminars, "hands-on" internship tailored for each student, and a capstone planning course in livestock management for range and pasture. The GLS faculty team is composed of animal scientists, forage and range scientists, and an agricultural economist. The program also receives guidance from an advisory group of professionals in the grazing industry. In addition to outstanding on-campus facilities, students have access to two research and demonstration ranches. Students can apply for GLS scholarships, including financial assistance to attend grazing-related educational events such as the annual Nebraska Grazing Conference and the Nebraska Ranch Practicum.
GLS students are required to conduct an internship consisting of at least 13 weeks of approved experiences designed to complement their academic course work. These internships are planned with the faculty team. A list of past GLS internships include: individual farms and ranches as well as land and cattle companies throughout the U.S.; federal agencies such as the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Meat Animal Research Center, Forest Service, National Park Service, and Bureau of Land Management; university units such research farms/ranches, extension education, and the University of Chapingo in Mexico.
Members of the GLS Faculty Advisory Committee who advise our students and teach many of the required courses have won numerous teaching, research and outreach awards on the local, regional and national levels.
Excellent on-campus facilities as well as access to a 13,000-acre Sandhills research and education ranch in western Nebraska and a 6,000-acre demonstration ranch in north central Nebraska.