Janna Block, Ph.D.

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Janna Block
Beef Nutritionist

Janna (Kincheloe) Block grew up on her family’s cow/calf operation near Melstone, MT. Her academic background includes earning an A.S. from Northwest College in Powell, WY, and B.S. and M.S. degrees from Montana State University. Janna then worked for 8 years as a county extension agent in Rosebud/Treasure and Judith Basin counties in Montana. She subsequentially attended South Dakota State University to pursue her Ph.D. in Ruminant Nutrition, while working as a Research/Extension Associate.  Dr. Block was then employed as a Livestock Systems Specialist with NDSU Extension based at the Hettinger Research Extension Center.

Janna’s university research included cattle backgrounding and finishing, supplementation of grazing cows, and the influence of fetal programming on performance and carcass quality. Her extension experience provided opportunities to work with many operations, all of which have unique challenges and objectives. Janna lives the ranch life with her husband Ross on his family’s cow/calf operation near Midland, SD. They raise commercial Limousin cattle and ranch horses. She has a deep appreciation for livestock producers who work hard every day to feed the world, and a commitment to identify issues and find solutions to optimize beef production through nutrition and management.