The Animal and Dairy Sciences Department’s Extension Specialists in Management, Genetics, Physiology, and Reproduction are the outreach arm of the University of Wisconsin - Madison. These specialists conduct applied research and conduct extension and outreach programs in dairy science. The Dairy Science program is part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. This website serves as a resource for clientele on dairy cattle management topics. Victor E. Cabrera, PhD, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in Dairy Management, is available to contact for more information.

Professional Experience

  • Professor and Extension Dairy Specialist in Dairy Management, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2018-Present
  • Associate Professor and Extension Dairy Specialist in Dairy Management, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2014-2018
  • Assistant Professor and Extension Dairy Specialist in Dairy Management, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2008-2014
  • Assistant Professor and Extension Dairy Specialist
  • New Mexico State University 2006-2008 Post-Doctoral Research Associate University of Miami, 2004-2006
  • Teaching and Research Assistant University of Florida 1999, 2001-2004
  • Consultant Inter-American Development Bank 1999-2001
  • Extension Agent Valle Grande Rural Institute (ONG) 1994-1997


  • Ph.D., University of Florida 2001-2004
  • M.S., University of Florida 1997-1999
  • Postgraduate Diploma, UNEFA, Madrid-Paris 1995
  • B.S. & Eng., La Molina Agrarian University, Peru 1988-1993

Short Bio

Dr. Victor E. Cabrera is a professor and extension specialist in dairy management at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Dairy Science Department. Dr. Cabrera combines applied research, interdisciplinary approaches, and participatory methods to deliver practical, user-friendly, and scholarly decision support tools for dairy farm management. These scientific tools are aimed to improve dairy farm profitability, environmental stewardship, and long-term sustainability of the dairy farm industry. During his career, Dr. Cabrera has developed more than 40 decision support tools, published 80 refereed articles, 10 book chapters, presented in more than 100 scientific sessions, and given talks in more than 400 extension meetings in Wisconsin, other States, and several other countries. Dr. Cabrera’s work in the past 12 years has been pivotal to attract more than $5.0 million to support his research and extension initiatives. Dr. Cabrera has been distinguished with the American Dairy Science Association. DeLaval Dairy Extension Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison Vilas Faculty Mid-Career Investigator Award, Second Mile Extension award of the Wisconsin Association of County Agricultural Agents, the Pound Extension Award, the Alfred Toepfer Faculty Fellow Award from the University of Wisconsin College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Distinguished Achievement Award from the University of Florida School of Natural Resources and Environment, and the Foundation Scholar Award in Dairy Production from the American Dairy Science Association.


Dr. Victor E. Cabrera was born and raised in the Inca's land of Cusco, Peru. After finishing High School, he moved to Lima to pursue his B.S. and Engineering degrees from La Molina Agrarian University. After graduation, he worked for three and a half years as an agriculture educator in a college. During that time he completed a 3-month post-graduate course on administration of agriculture schools in Spain and France. In 1997, Victor was awarded a fellowship from the Kellogg Foundation to pursue a M.S. degree in Farming Systems Research and Extension at the University of Florida. His M.S. research focused on improving small farm livelihood systems using alternative agronomic practices, which were evaluated with linear programming techniques. After finishing his M.S. degree, Victor accepted a 6-month interim position at the University of Florida Food and Resource Economics Department.

Victor went back to Peru in 1999 where he worked as a consultant in a project of the Inter-American Development Bank for two years. In 2001, he returned to the U.S. to pursue his Ph.D. at the University of Florida School of Natural Resources working as a research and teaching assistant in the Food and Resource Economics Department. During his Ph.D. program, he became deeply involved with dairy industry and dairy farm systems developing a comprehensive decision support system to help dairy producers cope with increasing environmental restrictions while maintaining profitability. In 2004, right after graduating, Victor accepted a Postdoctoral position with the University of Miami, where he worked performing risk analyses of using climate information under government farm programs. In early 2006, Victor accepted the position of Assistant Professor and Extension Dairy Specialist with the New Mexico State University where he worked for two years. During that time, Dr. Cabrera worked performing applied research focused on environmental decision-making for the growing dairy industry in New Mexico and Western Texas.

In April 2008, he joined the faculty team of the Dairy Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Dairy Management with 70% Extension and 30% research appointment split. Victor was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in November 2013 and then promoted to full professor in 2018.

Dr. Cabrera is focusing his extension and research programs on dairy farm economic decision-making for improved profitability and sustainability. Dr. Cabrera translates proven research into user-friendly decision making tools addressed to dairy producers, extension agents, and dairy farm consultants. During his career, Victor has authored or coauthored >70 peer-reviewed publications, 9 book chapters, >60 Extension publications, >80 proceeding papers, and developed more than 40 scientific tools for decision-making.

Dr. Cabrera has been invited as speaker or consultant to many States in the United States(30), Argentina(5), Austria(1), Belgium(1), Brazil(2), Canada(5), Chile(2), China(12), Colombia(1), Costa Rica(2), Czech Rep.(2), Ecuador(1), Ethiopia(1), Germany(3), Greece(1), Honduras(2), Hungary(1), Ireland(1), Israel(1), Italy(4), Kosovo(1), Mexico(7), N. Cyprus(1), New Zealand(1), Nicaragua(4), Panama(1), Peru(5), Poland(1), Portugal(1), Slovakia(2), Spain(10), Switzerland(1), Taiwan(1), Turkey(4), United Kingdom(1), Uruguay(1).

Dr. Cabrera's ultimate goal is to help dairy farm producers improve sustainability through applied biophysical, socio-economic, and environmental research. Coming from a farm, he has always been linked to the agricultural and rural sectors and his studies and works have always focused on enhancing farming systems. Dr. Cabrera is committed to providing leadership in scientific-based dairy management decision-making related to cost-efficiency, profitability, and environmental stewardship.

Dr. Cabrera's research and Extension programs involve interdisciplinary and participatory approaches towards the creation of user-friendly decision support systems. A primary focus of Dr. Cabrera's Extension work is the creation and delivery of computerized, integrated, data-driven decision support tools using simulation techniques, artificial intelligence, and expert systems. As an Extension Specialist, Dr. Cabrera works in close relationship with county-based Extension faculty, dairy producers, consultants, and related industry.

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