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Cheese Grading Short Course June 7-8 at UW-Madison

The Wisconsin Cheese Grading Short Course, an intensive two-day course covering the principles and practices involved in grading natural cheeses, will be held June 7-8 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Cheeses studied in the grading labs will show the majority of flavor, body, texture, color and appearance attributes found in the industry today. The expanded program includes hard Italian cheeses, mold-ripened cheeses, and sheep- and goat-milk cheeses. Instructors include scientists and specialists from industry, the UW-Madison, USDA, and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

This introductory course is intended for cheesemakers, production supervisors, and quality-control personnel interested in assessment of cheese quality. The course is structured around the cheese grading standards covered by Wisconsin Ag Chapter 81 and USDA Grading Standards.

The course will be held at Babcock Hall on the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences campus. The $299 course fee covers instructional expenses and materials, supplies, and one lunch. Lodging, parking on campus, and other meals are not included.

The enrollment deadline is May 20; laboratory space limits enrollment to the first 25 paid students. Those who enroll after the course is filled will be placed on a priority mailing list for the next course, tentatively scheduled for Nov. 8-9, 2005.

For more registration information, call CALS Outreach Services, (608) 263-1672. For course information, call course coordinator Scott Rankin, (608) 263-2008. A PDF file of the course brochure is available here.