Center for Dairy Research

Center for Dairy Research

Established in 1986, The Center for Dairy Research (CDR), proudly offers the foremost scientific expertise in dairy research, technical support and education. Supported by dairy farmer checkoff dollars, Center staff work hard to turn their knowledge and expertise into the dairy industry’s success. From product development and testing to custom training courses, CDR is proud to bridge the gap between cutting-edge research and practical application.

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Located at Babcock Hall on the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences campus, CDR is home to more than 22 annual dairy short courses, a cheese pilot plant and a dairy processing pilot plant. Each year CDR works with more than 100 dairy companies and more than 30 national and international dairy organizations on various projects and education courses that help to move the industry forward. Additionally, CDR and the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board have partnered to administer the Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker® Program, the only certification program of its kind in the United States.

“Every company in our industry has benefitted from Babcock Hall and the Center for Dairy Research,” said John Umhoefer, executive director of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association. “They are virtually a doctor on call for the cheese industry.”

With a gift to CDR you invest in the future of Wisconsin’s dairy and cheese industries, ensuring the state will remain a leader in innovation and customer satisfaction for years to come.