An independent study course being offered online through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) this summer will include in-depth information about the chemical characteristics behind forages. The course will cover the way forage feeding value interacts with ruminant physiology and digestion. It also will address the laboratory procedures used to evaluate forages for grazing livestock.

Those interested in taking the course should have an understanding of the basic principles of chemistry, ruminant nutrition and plant physiology. This online course will be offered through UNL in the second five-week summer session. Contact Dennis Brink, animal scientist, at 402-472-6446 or, or Walter Schacht, agronomist, at 402-472-0205 or for further details and registration information.