Program Overview

The Sustainable Livestock Ranching option is focused on equipping students with the knowledge and skills to manage ranching operations that provide ecosystem goods and services as well as meet ranch enterprise production goals. Graduates in this option will join the increasing number of ranchers striving for balancing sustainable land stewardship with livestock production goals and other ranch enterprise operations. Students may also support land conservation NGOs and consultancy firms which increasingly utilize grazing as a management tool.

Program Coursework

Required:
ANS 313. Applied Animal Nutrition: Feeds and Ration Formulation (4)
ANS 446. Grazing Livestock Production (4)
FW 462. Ecosystem Services (3)
RNG 442. Rangeland Animal Relations (4)

Livestock Management (9 credits)
ANS 121. *Introduction to Animal Sciences (4)
ANS 215. Beef/Dairy Industries (3)
ANS 216. Small Ruminant/Swine Industries (3)
ANS 316. Reproduction in Domestic Animals (4)
ANS 317. Reproduction in Domestic Animals Laboratory (1)
ANS 378. Animal Genetics (4)
ANS 380. Principles of Animal Anatomy and Physiology (3)
ANS 436. Sheep Production Systems (3)
ANS 445. Beef Production Systems (4)
RNG 457. Habitat Analysis 1 (3)
RNG 499. Special Topics (1-16)

General Agriculture (6 credits)
CROP 310. Forage Production (4)
AG 312. Engine Theory and Operation (3)
AG 391. Farm Implements (3)
AG 412. Ag. Safety and Health (3)
AEC 211. Agricultural and Food Management (4)
AEC 251. *Introduction to Agricultural and Food Economics (3)
AEC 388. Agricultural Law (4)
AEC 442. Agricultural Business Management (4)
AEC 444. Commodity Futures and Options Markets (4)
BA 314. Sustainable Business Operations (4)