UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Wisconsin Cheesemakers Training Room

Animal and Food Science

Dairy Processing Workshops

Artisan and specialty cheese production in Wisconsin has increased since 1999, to just over 10 percent of the total cheese currently produced in Wisconsin. Farmstead-produced bottled milks, yogurts, and ice creams have also increased impressively. To put it succinctly, the dairy industry in Wisconsin is changing rapidly on a number of fronts.

The Wisconsin Dairy Artisan Network was established to provide support and mentoring activities. It sponsors an annual Field Days event to showcase successful operations; works closely with the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) staff in the Value-Added Office, and has been active in supporting the development of curricula on business planning and process technology for small producers. Active and potential artisan producers are spread across the state, and traditional on-campus courses are not always feasible for them.

The newly-renovated Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) Training Room was completed August 2019 and hosted its inaugural course at the end of that same month. WCMA is a vital partner in the Dairy Pilot Plant Renovation as well as our dairy workshops and training courses.

2019-2020 Dairy Workshops and Courses

At UW-River Falls, the following workshops and short courses will be offered in 2019-2020. Register online.

HACCP Workshop*

March 18-20, 2020

Pasteurization Short Course*

March 5-6, 2020
September 10-11, 2020

Cheesemaker's Short Course*

September 23-27, 2019
February 24-28, 2020
September 28-October 2, 2020

*Successful course completion can lead to licensing or certification.

Participant Comments

"The course was pretty fun and not stressful."
Justin Mullikin: Rice Lake, WI

"Was a good experience, everyone was friendly, and the course was worth while."
Maria Paredes: Dothan, AL


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Questions?

Email dpt@uwrf.edu or call 715-425-4161.

Contact Us

Animal and Food Science
anfdsci@uwrf.edu
715-425-3704
242 Food Science Addition
590 S. Spruce Street
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