Student Club & Activities

Our Focus

The Grazing Livestock Systems (GLS) Club shall provide the framework for the academic, professional and social development of students in the Grazing Livestock Systems program and the development of external and internal professional networks. The GLS Club will also provide a forum for interaction and engagement among undergraduate students, graduate students, staff, faculty and external professionals. Through its activities, the GLS Club will increase the presence and visibility of the Grazing Livestock Systems program on campus.

The GLS Club became a Recognized Student Organization at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in October 2017. A copy of the GLS Club's constitution may be found by clicking, GLS Club Constitution.

Our Club Officers

The FY 2017-2018 Grazing Livestock Systems Club Officers include (left to right):

Haley Zabel, Agricultural Education (Firth, NE), Senior Co-Chair of Event Planning & Recruitment;

Colten Bergt, Grazing Livestock Systems (Amherst, NE), Treasurer;

Alexa Johnson, Grazing Livestock Systems (Edgar, NE), President;

Katelin Oborny, Animal Science (Seward, NE), Vice President / Secretary; and

Emily Gill, Animal Science/Grazing Livestock Systems (Gurley, NE),  Junior Co-Chair of Event Planning and Recruitment.

Our Activities

  • January 17, 2018: GLS Club Meeting, 203 Keim Hall, East Campus, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
  • November 15, 2017: GLS Club Meeting, 203 Keim Hall, East Campus, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Click Nov. 15 Meeting for more information.
  • October 12, 2017: Economics of Grazing Strategies Producer Seminar with Jim Jenkins.

Jim Jenkins has over 35 years of experience in agriculture and food related industries. He is the operating partner for his family's diversified farming and ranching operation near Callaway, Nebraska.

Beginning in 2007, Jim transitioned the family cattle operation from cow/calf to a stocker operation. In 2015, the ranch began feeding cattle, both at its own facilities, and with custom feedlots. In 2017, the cattle operation will market 3,000 head of live cattle and yearlings. In addition to livestock, the Jenkins family operation includes crop production of corn, soybeans, and alfalfa hay. Since returning to the ranch in 1996, Jim has implemented advanced grazing practices leading to 20% to 40% increase in stocking rates, depending on the year.

The Jenkins ranch has been featured in Nebraska Farmer Magazine, the Omaha World Herald, and the Kearney Hub for its innovative farming and ranching practices. Jim received a bachelor's degree from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois and did graduate work at Northwestern Kellogg School of Business in Chicago, Illinois.

Jim's presentation is available for viewing by clicking Economics of Grazing Strategies.

  • October 23, 2017: Annual Forages Versus Row Crops under Irrigation Producer Seminar with John Maddux

John Maddux is the fourth generation manager of the family ranch operations, which includes 45,000 deeded and leased acres, 2,500 mother cows, and 6,000 yearlings. In addition to his daily ranch duties, he is a past member of the Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition; the Nebraska Investment Council, which is responsible for managing the state’s 9 Billion in pension assets; and State Bank Board of Directors.

Prior to returning to the ranch, John was employed by Goldman Sachs of New York in Fixed Income Sales and Trading, and prior to that worked for Elanco selling herbicides. He has an undergraduate degree in animal science form the University of Nebraska and a masters in finance from the University of Chicago.

John's presentation is available for viewing by clicking Annual Forages Versus Row Crops Under Irrigation.