The Dairy Knowledge Center (DKC) is a global platform where progressive dairy research and management practices are shared. The DKC’s multidisciplinary team researches and brings insights and strategies that help dairy leaders gain competitive advantage on their operations. Innovation is the main core value at DKC.

Working with an extensive network of external collaborators, leading scholars, and partners, we explore ideas that will transform the dairy industry of tomorrow.

Research Park at South Dakota State University

DKC's TEAM

Nuria García-Fernández
President

NURIA GARCÍA, DVM, PhD

Nuria García-Fernández is the President of the Dairy Knowledge Center. She holds a DVM and a PhD in Dairy Sciences and has extensive experience with veterinary diagnostics and antimicrobial susceptibility testing. She has conducted research studies on molecular diagnostics, antimicrobial resistance genes, and the use of enzymes in cleaning biofilms. nuria@dairykc.com

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Director

FERNANDO DÍAZ, DVM, PhD

Fernando Diaz is the Dairy Knowledge Center’s Director. Dr. Diaz works as an independent Dairy Nutrition and Management Consultant at Rosecrans Dairy Consulting, LLC. He provides consultation to dairies and feed companies including nutrition and feeding management, forage and crop plans, and research and product development of new feedstuffs, additives and technologies for dairy cows. fernando@dairykc.com

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ALVARO GARCÍA, DVM, PhD

Alvaro D. Garcia is a tenured Professor of Dairy and Food Sciences at South Dakota State University as well as the SDSU Extension Director of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He has traveled the world helping farmers in more than 20 countries. He has written more than 500 technical articles, three book chapters, and presented in conferences worldwide. He currently reviews and edits all SDSU Extension ANR pieces published yearly. Alvaro@dairykc.com

Joaquín Ventura García
Communication Manager

JOAQUÍN VENTURA, DVM

Joaquín Ventura is the Communications Manager of the Dairy Knowledge Center. Dr. Ventura obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Zaragoza (Spain). He worked as a bovine veterinarian for 5 years (1995-2000) before starting his career as a communication specialist in the veterinary industry. He is currently working a social media manager and editor for digital media.

Luis A. Quintela
USC Professor

LUIS A. QUINTELA ARIAS, DVM

Dr. Quintela is a Professor in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) since 1994. Dr. Quintela teaches reproduction and his main field of research is the improvement of reproductive efficiency in dairy cattle.

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Dairy Scientist

ISHAYA U. GADZAMA, MS

Ishaya U. Gadzama is a Research Fellow at the National Animal Production Research Institute (NAPRI), Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria-Nigeria, where he is developing scientific research proposals, assisting in teaching and supervising undergraduate animal nutrition research studies. He also reviews literatures and contribute in writing articles. In addition, he advises farmers on feeds and feeding strategies and feed formulation. He currently volunteers with Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) and Farm Coach Agro-Services

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Dairy Scientist

JUAN SANCHEZ DUARTE, PhD

Juan I. Sanchez-Duarte is a Researcher in dairy nutrition and forage quality at INIFAP in Matamoros, Coahuila, Mexico. During his PhD program at South Dakota State University and the Dairy Forage Research Center in Madison, Wisconsin, Juan investigated the effects of using different starch concentrations in combination with protein supplements and corn silage types in dairy cow diets. Currently he is evaluating the nutrient composition of alternative forages used in the dairy industry located at the arid conditions of the Comarca Lagunera, Mexico. He is living in Torreon, Coahuila.

MISSION

To improve dairy production systems by facilitating the transfer and implementation of dairy research findings into real-world application.

VISION

Evolving the dairy industry focused in efficiency, cow welfare, and environmental sustainability.