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SDSU Animal Science Department
Animal Science Complex (SAS) 120, SDSU
Box 2170
Brookings, SD 57007

605.688.5439 Email  


Extension Responsibilities


  • Extension meats specialist.


  • Ph.D., Veterinary Sciences, University of Wyoming (2008)
  • M.S., Veterinary Sciences, University of Wyoming (2007)
  • B.S., Animal Science, Texas Tech University (2002)


Keith Underwood is an assistant professor and meat specialist at South Dakota State University.

His research interests include mechanisms controlling marbling development in meat animals, effects of fetal nutrition on carcass quality and palatability characteristics, early-postmortem changes affecting meat tenderness, methods of improving meat palatability, increasing the value of red meats products and product development.

He is also the SDSU Meat Science Club co-advisor and meat judging team advisor. Additionally, he serves as the South Dakota Association of Meat Processors Vice President.