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CDR is the largest dairy research center in the United States, established in 1986. Our mission is to support the Wisconsin dairy farmers and the U.S. dairy industry through research, troubleshooting and training. We provide a unique combination of academic and industry perspectives to address challenges facing the dairy industry and train dairy processors.

In 1890 the first dairy foods short course in the United States was established at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. CDR is proud to carry on this century old UW tradition of providing dairy foods education. Our short courses are conducted by our dedicated dairy foods trainer, researchers, scientists and licensed cheese and butter makers.

We invite you to view this video to learn more about the short course program.

Short Course Contacts

Lindsey O'Brien, Dairy Foods Trainer| 608-572-6109 (mobile)
Contact Lindsey for questions on course content, which course(s) you should take, cheese or butter maker licensure, and Master Cheesemaker course requirements.

Heather Cooper, Events Coordinator | 608-263-1874
Contact Heather for questions on registration, shipping of printed materials, certificates, parking on campus, and self-study or online portal access.

Andrea Miller, Program Manager | 608-354-8698
Contact Andrea for questions on future course dates, private training options, or if you are an industry partner that would like to be part of a CDR short course.