K-State Research and Extension
More about the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry

The Department of Animal Sciences and Industry is committed to providing education, service, and leadership to Kansans as well as national and international stakeholders through development, integration, and dissemination of knowledge of animals used for food, fiber, companion, and recreational purposes; and for safe, responsible, ecologically sustainable, competitive food and food production.


The department has 50 faculty members, 177 graduate students, and 1,149 undergraduate students. Approximately one-third of the undergraduate students come from outside the state of Kansas. The department offers undergraduate majors in animal sciences and industry, food science, and industry and pre-veterinary medicine agriculture. 


Students are encouraged to participate in student organizations and competition teams. The department supports Block & Bridle, Dairy Club, Food Science Club, Collegiate Cattlewomen, Collegiate Cattlemen, Rodeo Club, Collegiate Horsemen, and Pre-veterinary Club. The competition teams include livestock, meats, dairy, dairy products, poultry, and horse judging teams, Dairy Challenge, and Academic Quadrathlon.


Research emphasis areas include reproductive physiology, animal breeding and genetics, ruminant nutrition, monogastric nutrition, livestock management, meat science, and food science.


Department extension programs are focused on serving clientele including livestock producers, meat processors, and value-added food producers. Extension specialists are highly respected for providing high-quality solutions to our clientele.


Facilities that support the teaching, research, and extension programs of the department include:

  • classrooms, offices, and laboratories in Weber and Call halls,

  • Beef Cattle Research Center,

  • Cow-Calf Unit,

  • Purebred Beef Unit,

  • Stocker Unit,

  • Dairy Teaching and Research Center,

  • Horse Teaching and Research Unit,

  • Kansas Artificial Breeding Service Unit,

  • Tom Avery Poultry Teaching and Research Farm,

  • Sheep and Meat Goat Center, and the

  • Swine Teaching and Research Center. 


Recent and current construction includes

  • the Sheep and Meat Goat Center,

  • Phase I of the Equine Education Center,

  • the Stanley Stout Center, and

  • the Artificial Insemination Training Center.


The O.H. Kruse Feed Technology Innovation Center is a joint effort between the departments of Grain Science and Industry and Animal Sciences and Industry. These facilities support the outstanding undergraduate “hands-on” learning experience and the stellar research programs of the department.



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