Kacie McCarthy

Kacie McCarthy

Assistant Professor
Beef Cow-Calf Extension Specialist

Ph.D., Animal Science, North Dakota State University, 2019
M.S., Animal Science (Ruminant Nutrition), New Mexico State University, 2016
B.S., Animal Science, Colorado State University, 2014

Kacie McCarthy joined the Department of Animal Science as an assistant professor and extension beef cow-calf specialist in January of 2020. Her role in the department includes teaching Beef Cow-Calf Management, leading the Nebraska Beef Industry Scholar program, and coordinating the Ranch Management Internship program.

McCarthy previously served as a graduate research assistant at North Dakota State University from 2017-2019 while obtaining her Ph.D., and was a graduate assistant at New Mexico State University from August 2014-December 2016 while completing her masters degree. She also served as a graduate assistant softball coach during her time at New Mexico State.

She is interested in research and extension programs related to reproduction and nutrition interactions and is currently involved with extension and research programs investigating heifer and bull supplementation and development strategies, as well as implementation of applied reproductive strategies.

Classes Taught
ASCI 455: Beef Cow-Calf Management
Semester: Spring
Summary: Integrated management specific to the beef cow-calf enterprise necessary to achieve biologic and economic efficiency.

ASCI 311E: Beef Industry Study Tour
Semester: Spring
Summary: Identify beef cattle related enterprises that represent the breadth of the cattle industry. Prioritize these enterprises as candidates for inclusion in the summer tour.


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Areas of Expertise
Beef Cattle

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2020 - ASAS Midwestern Section Animal Science Young Scholar
2020 - Joseph P. Fontenot Appreciation Club Travel Scholarship, ASAS
2018 - 3rd Place Midwest American Society of Animal Science Ph.D. Oral Competition
July 2018-July 2020 - Western Section ASAS Graduate Student Representative
2017 - North Dakota Livestock Endowment Foundation Arlon G. Hazen Memorial Scholarship, North Dakota State University
2016 - Lee S. and Lou C. Evans Memorial Scholarship, New Mexico State University
2016 - Alvin L. and Lorena P. Neumann Memorial Endowed Scholarship, New Mexico State University
2013 - Academic All-Mountain West Conference
2012 - Mountain West Conference Softball Pitcher of the Year
2012 & 2013 - Mountain West Conference All-Conference Softball Team
2012 - Mountain West Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week (3x)
2019-Present - Assistant Professor
2019-Present - Extension Cow-Calf Specialist
2017-2019 - Graduate Research Assistant, North Dakota State University
2014-2016 - Graduate Assistant, New Mexico State University
American Society of Animal Science
Gamma Sigma Delta, Honor Society of Agriculture
American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists