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Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association Announces Record-Setting Auction Total; John Umhoefer Details

Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association Announces Record-Setting Auction Total; John Umhoefer Details


MADISON, WI
Friday, April 7th, 2023

Going once, going twice, sold! The joy and excitement from the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) CheeseCon are still fresh on people’s minds, and one reason is from the 2023 Chr. Hansen Championship Cheese Auction. An exuberant crowd of dairy processors, marketers, and suppliers raised an impressive $339,835 for dairy education at the auction in Madison, Wisconsin.

John Umhoefer, Executive Director, Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association“Each year we see the generosity of the dairy processing industry come to life at the auction, and this year’s bidders broke the record yet again to benefit the next generation of leaders,” said WCMA Executive Director John Umhoefer. “Our sincerest thanks go to all those who raised their paddles to contribute to the scholarships and education that help grow and strengthen our industry.”

According to the release, the funds raised support industry training programs offered by the WCMA, as well as the World and United States Championship Cheese Contests and university dairy training centers.

For over 25 years, auction dollars have supported emerging dairy professionals through WCMA’s Mike Dean and Cheese Industry Supplier Student Scholarships. Funds raised at the auction have helped fund WCMA’s popular training programs for dairy manufacturers and suppliers. They have also fueled donations to build the new world-class Center for Dairy Research facility in Madison, as well as dairy pilot plants at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls and South Dakota State University.

An exuberant crowd of dairy processors, marketers, and suppliers raised an impressive $339,835 for dairy education at the auction in Madison, Wisconsin

Thanks to generous auction bids, the World and U.S. Championship Cheese Contests and the Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest improve and grow each year. Altogether, WCMA has invested $1.3 million in the next generation of the dairy processing industry.

This year’s auction featured a total of 79 gold medal cheeses, butters, and yogurts from the 2023 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest, organized into 42 lots. WCMA noted it sincerely thanks all of the winning bidders for their generous support.

Congratulations to all on their new cheeses and chances for growth and opportunity!

Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association
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