Presently, there are 15 animal science faculty and 9 range science faculty in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences. This position will be a key contributor to the Department’s Animal Science program and to the Department’s Natural Resources and Rangeland Ecology (NREE) program (i.e., Range Science). The Department’s undergraduate degree program in Animal Science has four options including Science, Livestock Management and Industry, Sustainable Livestock Production, and Equine Science. Animal Science faculty focus teaching and research programs on livestock nutrition (including ruminal/gastrointestinal microbiology), reproductive physiology, genetics, meat science, and livestock production systems. The NREE undergraduate degree is accredited by the Society for Range Management and includes two options, Rangeland Ecology and Management, and Wildlife Habitat Ecology and Management. The NREE degree emphasizes the interactions among animals, vegetation, soils, and water and their influences on the ecology and management of livestock and wildlife. Range Science faculty focus teaching and research programs on rangeland and riparian ecology, livestock grazing management, invasive pl...ants, forages, wildlife habitat ecology and management, and livestock grazing interactions with fish and wildlife. As one of six academic departments within the College of Agriculture, the Animal and Range Sciences Department presently has approximately 350 undergraduate and 35 graduate students. Extension specialists in the Department focus their off-campus educational efforts on beef cattle, sheep and wool, forages, pesticide safety, wildlife, and rangeland management.
The Animal and Range Sciences Department is located in the Animal Bioscience Building which contains state-of-the-art teaching and laboratory facilities. Greenhouse research space is available on campus at the Plant Growth Center. Land and livestock for research are available at our Department’s 474-acre Bozeman Agricultural Research and Teaching Farm located adjacent to campus, our 640-acre Fort Ellis Research Farm located 5 miles from campus, and our 13,750-acre Red Bluff Research Ranch located 35 miles from campus. Collaborative research opportunities also exist at seven off-campus MSU research centers located across the state and the 55,000-acre USDA-ARS Fort Keogh Livestock & Range Research Laboratory at Miles City, MT. More information about the Department can be found at http://animalrange.montana.edu. To find out more about Montana State University, MSU Extension, and the College of Agriculture, please access www.montana.edu, www.msuextension.org, and http://ag.montana.edu.
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