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Course Dates: TBD | Registration opens: TBD
Registration closes: 2 weeks before course’s start date | Course fee: $TBD

Course Description
Learn the fundamentals of buttermaking through this online, self-study course. You’ll learn from CDR licensed buttermakers, butter graders and industry experts through pre-recorded lectures. This course is designed for aspiring buttermakers and those in areas involved in the butter industry through marketing, quality, regulatory and sales. The content is valuable to buttermakers of all experience levels. Engage in a wide range of topics including the history of butter, the basics of production, butter evaluation and the science related to butter.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn butter science and theory.
  • Understand the USDA and DATCP butter regulations applied to cream and butter.
  • Discover the basics of cream and butter types, composition, and quality.
  • Explore typical cream and butter processing equipment found in most dairy plants.
  • Determine how butter is made and evaluated.
  • Discover the basic principles of food safety and sanitation.

Gina Mode - CDR technical course contact
Contact with questions on course content or if this course is right for you.

Heather Cooper - CDR events coordinator
Contact with questions on registration, certificates, or other questions.

Course Instructors: Gina Mode | Mellisa Houfe | Ben Ullerup Mathers | Jeremy Johnson | Juan Romero | Industry Partners

Next Buttermaking Fundamentals Course: TBD registration closes 2 weeks before course start date.

Certificate of Completion
Online participants will receive an electronic certificate when all course components are complete and within 1 month of the close date of the course. Electronic certificates are emailed to the address used during registration.

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Wisconsin Cheese, Butter, or Graders Licenses

Where do I find information on how to obtain my license?

In Wisconsin, all cheese and butter makers as well as cheese graders must obtain their license from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (WDATCP). A list of requirements for each license can be found on the WDATCP website.