AGRO 846: Forage Quality and Evaluation

Image of cows in pasture.Summer 2020 (8-week session)

Instructors:   Dr. John Guretzky

Class No.: AGRO 846/ASCI 824

Credits: Three undergraduate credits.

This course is offered for academic credit only.


UNL Academic Credit via MyRed.  Contact Leah Sandall, for more details.

Offered through AG*IDEA consortium. To register, obtain forms or permission codes from Dan Cotton, 402.472.8841.


This online course provides an in-depth study of the chemical characteristics of forage components and the interactions with ruminant physiology and digestion that influence forage feeding value and the laboratory procedures used to evaluate forages for grazing livestock.


Internet / Canvas


High-speed Internet access,  email, and ability to view videos.


Nutritional Ecology of the Ruminant, 2nd Edition, by Peter J. Van Soest (required).

Purchase this text from the University Bookstore or from


Admission to UNL's Graduate School and completion of 12 hours in agronomy or closely-related biological sciences courses, such as AGRO/RNGE 240 and ASCI 320, or equivalents, and 3 cr hrs of introductory statistics.  Permission of the instructor is also required.


Academic Credit Course: For information on tuition and fees, please visit the Student Accounts website.

Who It's For

Among those who would benefit from taking this course are:

  • Graduate students interested in the management of grazing livestock systems, ruminant nutrition or forage and range sciences.
  • Students participating in the graduate Grasslands Management certificate.
  • Government employees interested in range and forage management.