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Buttermaker Apprenticeship Workshop

July 9-11, 2020

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. This unique workshop provides the opportunity to complete a 40-hour apprenticeship with a Wisconsin licensed buttermaker. Class size is limited to allow for an interactive hands-on experience. Students will have the opportunity to make unsalted, salted, cultured, high fat/European style, flavored, and blends of butter from goat, sweet, and whey cream. While the butter is churning, CDR and industry experts will share their knowledge on the topics listed below. Please register early, as class size is limited to 12.


Discussion Topics:
» Preparation and Care of Buttermaking Equipment
» Compositional Analysis of Cream and Butter
» Blending and Standardizing Cream
» HTST and Vat Pasteurization of Goat, Sweet, and Whey Cream
» Preparation and Use of Buttermaking Ingredients
» Butter Manufacturing
» Calculating Yield, Salt, and Moisture Adjustments
» Helpful Hints with Experienced Batch & Continuous Churn Operators
» Acidity Control
» Composition Control
» Discussion of the Butter Category
» Grading, Sensory Evaluation, and Discussion of Commercial Butter Samples
» Defects – Causes and Resolutions
» General Review for the Buttermakers Exam


Lodging is not included in the registration fee. Make your lodging reservation directly with the hotel/motel you select. As a convenience, each of the following hotels will hold a block of rooms for this course. Rooms will be sold on a first-come basis. Shuttle service is provided from hotel.

DoubleTree, 525 West Johnson Street, 608-251-5511


You must have a parking pass. Campus parking is restricted. Purchase a daily or half-day parking permit in advance by completing the online ordering form here: or by calling the Special Events Office at 608-262-8683. Please allow two weeks for processing. Inquiries about visitor parking can be sent to:

Contact & Registration


Gina Mode
1605 Linden Drive


CALS Conference Services
640 Babcock Drive
Phone: 608-263-1672
Fax: 608-262-5088