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2/22/2021 IMPORTANT WEATHER DELAY NOTICE: Due to extreme winter weather conditions around the country and in the area of at least one major transportation hub, many shipments from last week (Feb 15-19) have been delayed in transit. We have been informed that most of these shipments are expected to arrive between Wednesday and Friday, Feb 24-26th. More details on the current situation available here. Please contact us at 608-242-9030 if you have concerns regarding your shipment.


Information regarding the availability of dry ice can be found here. This statement will be updated if conditions change.


The Dairy Connection Coronavirus Resource page can be found here.


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We've moved!

Our new facility (just five minutes away from our previous location) offers our team more than twice the space, giving us the room to best serve our clients. With a dedicated application laboratory, streamlined and expanded shipping and warehouse areas and significantly more production space, we envision many more years of continued service as a preferred supplier to the specialty and artisan dairy industry.

New Address:

Dairy Connection Inc.
2312 Vondron Rd.
Madison, WI 53718


Upcoming Events, Courses and Workshops:

 

Virtual training: Special Educational Series by American Cheese Society | Online: Ongoing

This four-part series will cover a variety of business and personal-development topics through shared industry knowledge and experiences. These webinars are FREE and open to all, regardless of ACS membership thanks to our partnership with Dairy Connection Inc. To learn more, visit: https://www.dairyconnection.com/ACS-Webinar-Series.html

 

Artisan Cheesemakers Winter Conference | Virtual event: February 26, 2021

Hosted by the Vermont Cheese Council, the inaugural Artisan Cheesemakers Winter Conference is designed to provide exposure to new ideas and educational experiences for artisan cheesemakers, helping attendees advance their cheesemaking and business practices as well as the artisan cheese industry as a whole. This one-day conference offers presentations on managing cheese rind microbes, interpreting milk tests, becoming a "defect detective," and a virtual tour of St. James Cheese, an English creamery. Tickets are just $60. To learn more about this course, visit: https://vtcheese.com/conference/

 

Science of Farmstead Cheese | Online Course: Ongoing

Understand the fundamentals of cheese and milk chemistry with this self-paced online course. Modules include: Cheese, Culture and the Cheesemaker; Milk Chemistry; 10 Steps of Cheesemaking; Starter Culture Technology; Rennet and Coagulation; Salting and Molding; Cheese Aging Chemistry; Cheese Analysis and Evaluation; Course Summary and Next Steps.Cost of this course is $699 (discount available to Vermont Cheese Council members -- contact VCC for the discount code). To learn more about this course, visit: https://vermontcheese.thinkific.com/courses/science-of-farmstead-cheese

 

Virtual training: Environmental Monitoring for Food Safety | Online: Ongoing

Available from North Carolina State University, this eight-hour online course offers training that will help you design and implement an environmental monitoring program (EMP) to improve your food safety program. You will learn alongside virtual dairy processors and apply concepts in the context of a dairy facility. This course is available on-demand and adapts to your undrestanding of the materials. Upon successful completion, students receive a certificate of completion. Regular cost of this course is $225 -- use code DC-Env-Mon to save 75% off now thru June 2021. To learn more, visit: https://foodsafety.ncsu.edu/environmental-monitoring-for-food-safety/

 

Virtual training: Dairy Science and Sanitation | Online: Ongoing

Available from Cornell University, this online self-paced Dairy Science and Sanitation workshop is tailored to dairy processing personnel and is designed to help participants understand the basic principles of dairy science and safety, as well as emphasize dairy processing establishment needs related to dairy sanitation to ensure that proper programs are conducted in their establishments. To learn more, visit: https://dairyextension.foodscience.cornell.edu/programs/certificate-program/basic-dairy-science-and-sanitation/

 

National Dairy Food Safety Coalition Workshops | Workshops taking place nationwide: Dates vary

The National Dairy Food Safety Coalition's mission is to support artisan dairy producters in their pursuit of reviewing, implementing, and improving their food safety practices. The Coalition provides support for this effort via multiple channels, including workshops designed to help artisans distill food safety regulations and develop specialized food safety plans. To learn more and view the current schedule, visit: http://www.dairyfoodsafetycoalition.com/?fbclid=IwAR2tJBJ2IWrs5uUBPLzIGCxPIx-ET3p_0uSCBhRq_VeaCmKJi_GciyiVZac

 

UW Center for Dairy Research Shortcourses | Madison, WI: Ongoing

The University of Wisconsin CDR offers a variety of shortcourses throughout the year. To learn more and view the current schedule, visit: https://www.cdr.wisc.edu/education