Dr. KC Olson

Professor of Range Beef Cattle Nutrition and Management.

KC is a professor of range beef cattle nutrition and management. He is actively involved in the undergraduate and graduate teaching mission at KSU and takes great pride in the privilege of helping to train the next generation of Great Plains ranchers and farmers. KC’s research program is designed to address questions that directly affect beef industry profitability. Specific areas of research include: nutritional management of cattle grazing native range; management of invasive range plants; effects of calfhood nutritional management on carcass quality and value; and factors influencing grazing behavior.

KC holds advanced degrees from Kansas State University and North Dakota State University. Prior to coming to KSU, he was on the faculty at the University of Missouri – Columbia. KC is active in the American Society of Animal Science, the Society for Range Management, the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, and the American College of Animal Nutrition.

KC, his wife Karli, and sons Charles and Theodore live on a beautiful ranch in North Lyon County. In his off-time, KC enjoys spending time with his family, being active in his church, and coaching youth sports.


  • B.S. , Minnesota State University – Moorhead, 1990
  • M.S. , North Dakota State University, 1994
  • Ph.D. , Kansas State University, 1998