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 Short Courses and Workshops

The Western Dairy Center offers artisan and industrial cheese making classes. We partner with other educators to provide specialized and personalized workshops for companies. For more information on customized workshops, email

Cheesemaking Short Courses

Cheese making short courses are held once yearly. Students will spend time in the classroom learning definitions, terminology, techniques, and the science of making cheese. They will also get hands-on experience making a variety of cheeses in our dairy plant. Classes are limited to 15  people and fill up quickly, so register early. For registration information, email or call 435-797-3466.

Basic Cheesemaking Short Course          March 11-13, 2020       Early registration by February 12, 2020    $575*

The Basic Cheese Making Short Course is a three-day class designed for the beginning cheesemaker and those who have never made cheese before. The course will include an introduction to milk, cheese, dairy cultures and the steps in cheese making. Students will spend a day in the pilot plant making three varieties of cheese the old fashioned way, by hand.

Advanced Cheesemaking Short Course         March 31-April 3, 2020      Early registration by March 25, 2020   $950*

This four-day course is for people who have cheesemaking experience and want to expand their knowledge of milk chemistry, cheese chemistry, curd handling and controlling cheese manufacture. This class will cover the basics of how to make cheese as well as a more in-depth exploration of the science of cheese making and flavor development of cheese. Students will spend two days in the pilot plant making several different varieties of cheese.

*Late registrations add $50. Cancellations can be made up to 30 days prior to start date of course. Registration fee, less $50 will be refunded up to 30 days prior to start date of course; no refunds will be made after this time. Substitutions are acceptable at any time. We reserve the right to cancel or postpone the course due to low enrollment. A full refund will be given if course is cancelled.  

Basic and Advanced Short Course agenda:  PDF


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Artisan and Farmstead Resources 

Safe Cheesemaking Hub                    
A website co-developed with the American Cheese Society that centralizes relevant food safety resources

Food Safety Basics for Artisan Cheesemakers                    
Online food safety training that results in a certificate upon completion