MANHATTAN, Kan. – 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 will join the ASI faculty on October 23, at which time she can be reached at

“We are delighted that Dr. Crane is joining the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry,” said Ken Odde, department head. “Her training and experience will be an important addition to our team serving the livestock industry.”

Crane 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 said.

“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 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.

“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 said. “I am excited for the opportunity to help the sheep and meat goat industries reach their true potential, especially in the state of Kansas.”