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The CDR Butter Group provides technical knowledge and resources to help buttermakers produce and develop high-quality butter. In addition to providing technical support, the CDR Butter Group also offers a bi-annual short course and apprenticeship program.

Buttermakers Short Course
This course covers the production of quality butter with an emphasis on flavor, composition and shelf life. Manufacturing and laboratory sessions are designed to illustrate and correct difficulties before they occur. Ideal and usual industry practices are highlighted. This course is valuable to buttermakers of all experience levels.

Buttermakers Apprenticeship Workshop
The Wisconsin Buttermakers License Apprenticeship Workshop is an intensive five-day course covering buttermaking production principles and technology. CDR created this course for aspiring buttermakers who have completed the buttermakers short course and need apprenticeship hours for their buttermakers license.

CDR Short Courses

Butter Science 101

CDR held a livestream covering Butter Science 101. View the recorded video on the CDR Facebook page.

Wisconsin Buttermakers or Butter Graders License

Looking for information about how to earn a Wisconsin Buttermakers or Butter Graders License? Visit the DATCP website.

Better Butter II

Better Butter II, written by Robert Bradley, an Emeritus Professor in the UW-Madison Food Science Department, provides updated and expanded information regarding all aspects of quality buttermaking. Better Butter II includes two new chapters, detailed diagrams and schematics and numerous updates.

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Gina Mode

Assistant Coordinator Cheese Industry & Applications


Wisconsin Buttermakers License

Learn more about how to acquire a Wisconsin buttermakers license.

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