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Turner Swartz

Turner Swartz


Assistant Professor

Office Building

Alfred Dairy Science Hall



Mailing Address

Alfred Dairy Science Hall 113C
Dairy & Food Science-Box 2104
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


Originally from a dairy farm in central Pennsylvania, Turner came to South Dakota State University in February 2023. He attended Penn State for his bachelor's degree in Animal Sciences. At Penn State, he was a member of the dairy judging team which placed 1st place team overall and high reasons at the 2007 National Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest. He was also a member of the ADSA quiz bowl team which placed first at the 2009 ADSA-SAD Quiz Bowl Contest. After graduation, he worked as a herdsman for 5 years where he gained valuable skills and knowledge related to dairy cattle management. After which, he attended Virginia Tech where he pursued his PhD in dairy cattle health under the guidance of Dr. Christina Petersson-Wolfe. Following his time at Virgina Tech, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship under the mentorship of Dr. Barry Bradford at Michigan State University focused on immunometabolism and nutritional physiology. Today, his lab focuses on nutritional and management strategies to improve dairy cattle health. Outside of the office, Turner enjoys spending his time hiking in the Black Hills, watching football, and judging dairy cattle.


Ph.D., Animal Science (Dairy), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
B.S., Animal Sciences – Science option, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Awards and Honors

2019 Virginia Tech Dairy Science Outstanding Doctoral Student
2016 Virginia Tech Dairy Science Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year Award
1st place team at 2009 ADSA-SAD Quiz Bowl Contest
2007, 2008, and 2009 ADSA Scholarship recognition
1st place team overall and high reasons at the 2007 National Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest
1st place team overall at the 2007 Eastern States Exposition Dairy Cattle Judging Contest
2nd place team overall and high reasons at the 2006 NAILE Senior Collegiate Dairy Judging Contest

Professional Memberships

American Dairy Science Association (ADSA)
National Mastitis Council (NMC)
Conference for Research Workers in Animal Diseases (CRWAD)

Area(s) of Research

Nutritional Immunology
Animal Health



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