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Crane Joins K-State Animal Sciences and Industry Department
as Sheep and Meat Goat Specialist

Alison CraneMANHATTAN, Kan. – Dr. Alison Crane has been hired as assistant professor and extension sheep and meat goat specialist for the Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry.

Crane was born and raised in Warrior, Alabama. She received her bachelor's degree from Berry College, her master's in ruminant nutrition from North Dakota State University (NDSU) and recently a doctorate in reproductive physiology from NDSU.

"We are delighted that Dr. Crane is joining the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry," says Dr. Ken Odde, K-State ASI department head. "Her training and experience will be an important addition to our team serving the livestock industry."

At K-State, Crane's appointment will be 70% extension and 30% teaching. In her role, she will develop and lead extension, teaching and applied research programs in sheep and meat goat production and management; oversee the K-State Sheep and Meat Goat Center; and teach undergraduate sheep and meat goat science, advise undergraduate and graduate students and coach the collegiate wool judging team.

"My extension goal is to increase production and efficiency of the ewe and ram flocks, focusing on communication with the producers, agents and interdepartmental specialists," Crane says. "My teaching goal is to encourage students to truly engage in an experience; the outcome might not prove to be perfect, but the experience will be valuable, and my research goal is to implement a nutrition and reproduction research program to aid an ever-changing industry and consumer."

Crane will join the ASI faculty on October 23, at that time you can reach her at arcrane@ksu.edu.

"I am excited to join such a strong team of extension and research faculty and staff with a history of assisting in sustaining industries as well as supporting young faculty," Crane says. "I am excited for the opportunity to help the sheep and meat goat industries reach their true potential, especially in the state of Kansas."