Patrick Hatfield, Ph.D.

Chair of the Animal and Range Science Department

Montana State University

Patrick Hatfield received a Bachelor of Science in range management from Montana State University (MSU) in 1983, a Master of Science in range science from New Mexico State University in 1985, and a Ph.D. in animal science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
in 1988. Upon completion of his Ph.D., Dr. Hatfield started his career as a research scientist at the U.S. Sheep Experiment
Station. After eight years at the sheep station, Patrick moved to MSU where he continued his research along with teaching five classes and advising students.

In addition to sheep nutrition and production research, Dr. Hatfield’s current research uses a team approach, incorporating expertise from agronomy, soil science, entomology, weed ecology, agricultural economics, and community development. All specialists focus on the profitable and environmentally sound incorporation of sheep into crop production systems.

Since joining MSU in 1997, Hatfield has secured more than $7.5 million dollars in extramural competitive funding.  His publications include more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles. In addition to research and teaching, Patrick developed a free, online sheep ration program that has over 2,000 active accounts in more than 60 countries.  He has served as major advisor or committee member on
25 graduate committees. Dr. Hatfield served as Western Section American Society Animal Science (WSASAS) President in 2003, and in 2013, was honored with the WSASAS distinguished service award. In 2015, Dr. Hatfield was appointed head of the MSU Animal and
Range Sciences Department.