Careers in Grazing Livestock Systems


The Grazing Livestock Systems major prepares students for careers in livestock, range, and economics management. Here are just a few of the opportunities this major will lead to.

Rangeland Management SpecialistGovernment Agencies

Help ranchers develop good grazing systems by developing a conservation plan, give advice on best grasses to grow and ways to protect and improve rangeland.

Financial SpecialistFarm Credit Agencies

Responsible for processing of new loans and servicing actions on all existing loans that require minimal analysis. Develop and maintain strong working relationship with customers. Provide support to Financial Officer in preparation of loan packages and sales and marketing activities.

Ranch ManagerCommercial Ranches

Responsible for cattle and range management. Oversees ranch operations including: financial assessment of operation, breeding and calving, and water and grass management.

Extension EducatorUniversity Extension

Educators have faculty status and are affiliated with academic departments on campus. Primary function of educators is outreach education to citizens across the state through research-based programming.

Loan OfficerCommercial Banks

Provide credit analysis of livestock producer's loan application. Emphasis on customer relations and management. Conduct field visits and provide business development advice.

Managing EditorTrade Publications

Be involved in the production of a national magazine that provides information to cattle producers on cattle and range management, parasites, markets, the economy and so much more.

Land StewardPrivate Conservation Organizations

Develops and implements plans for preserve and natural area stewardship work. Preserve management responsibilities may include species monitoring and research, prescribed burning and field trips. At selected preserves may manage livestock, grazing plans and agricultural leases.

Jobs of Recent Graduates

  • Manager, L&L Farms - Upland NE
  • Associate, Farm Credit Services of America - Omaha NE
  • Sales and Associate, Leroy Voss - Pioneer Seed & Precision Planting - Bruning NE
  • Record Keeping Analyst, Jerry Fullerton - Cody NE
  • Elevator Superintendent Trainee, Scoular Grain Company - Venango NE
  • Data Management and Seedstock Develoment, Lone Creek Cattle Company - Lincoln NE
  • Cattle Operations Manager, Tri R Farms - Springview NE
  • Cattle Health Assistant, Adams Land and Cattle Co. - Broken Bow NE
  • Farmer/Rancher, Jagels Farms - Davenport NE
  • Senior Sales Associate, Tanker Main Exchange - Oklahoma City OK

Brandon PetersonRange Conservationist
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Brandon Peterson as a range conservationist
Brandon on the job as a range conservationist with the NRCS in Thedford, Neb.

One of the first GLS Alumni, Brandon conducted his internship as a range conservationist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Brandon, who double majored in Animal Science and Grazing Livestock Systems, said, "My dual major prepared me for my job by giving me the knowledge about things that I deal with every day, whether it be calculating AUM's or creating a map on the computer. I deal with farmers and ranchers daily, and the knowledge I learned from my professors has been of extreme importance in facilitating my knowledge of the land and animals on which my job is based. By combining animal science, range management and agricultural economics I am able to help producers maximize the benefits of the practices we develop to best suit their needs and protect and improve their land and the environment."

Karen KochIngredient Specialist, Cenex-Land O' Lakes
Charm Science

Karen Koch
Karen at her office in Minneapolis as an ingredient specialist.

Karen Koch was also a double major in Animal Science and Grazing Livestock Systems. Her internship with the Purina company in St. Louis gave her an excellent background for her first position after graduation as an ingredient specialist with Land O'Lakes in Minneapolis. Karen later took a position with Charm Science in Dallas. Karent said, "The GLS program was an awesome experience. It gave me the opportunity to develop great individual professor-student relationships with professors from more than one area -- economics and agronomy in addition to animal science. These professors have been great resources and references both in college and in my career. The GLS major really gave me a well-rounded agricultural experience. I often apply knowledge gained in the GLS major in my daily career activities."