The Center for Dairy Research (CDR) is located within a licensed, operating dairy plant on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus and is one of the premier dairy research centers in the United States. CDR builds on Wisconsin's tradition as the "Dairy State."

More than 30 researchers and scientists are involved in conducting basic and applied dairy research that explores the functional, flavor and physical properties of cheese/cheese products and other milk components used as ingredients and as finished products. CDR researchers are here to assist the dairy industry in developing and testing dairy products that will exceed consumer expectations while providing customers with a safe, wholesome product.

“Solution-Based Research Backed by Experience, Passion and Tradition.”


The facilities including a cheese pilot plant, dairy ingredients pilot plant, sensory lab, an analytical lab and an applications lab are available for CDR partner trial runs and testing. CDR is continuing to grow and as we move forward with our building campaign, we will be expanding our facilities and offerings based on client needs.


CDR is funded by dairy farmers through the dairy check off program and partners such as the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin and the Dairy Research Institute. Given this generous and unique partnership, CDR’s main emphasis is domestic bovine milk products and manufacturers. We are, however, available to assist international dairy companies as well as mixed milk manufacturers on a cost basis.


The Center for Dairy Research proudly supports the foremost scientific expertise in dairy research, technical support and education. In partnership with the U.S. dairy industry, our goal is to bring innovative, nutritious and profitable products to the global marketplace.


To be the premier scientific dairy research resource by having:

  • Expert, dedicated staff
  • State of the art facilities
  • Relevant cutting edge research
  • Unrivaled outreach and education

To turn knowledge and expertise into the dairy industry’s success by bridging cutting-edge research with practical education and outreach.