umdia: The Upper midwest dairy industry association

Butter & Cheese Contests
Three butter contests and three cheese contests are
coordinated by UMDIA each year:
Fall Contest;
Spring Contest;
Minnesota State Fair Contest.
You may choose to enter one, some or all of the contests,
please see below for Online Contest information. 

2016 Fall Butter and Cheese Contest First Place Winners

Inaugural Artisan Butter Contest - Jay Logan, Hope Creamery, Hope, MN

Conventional Butter - Joey Vogel, AMPI, New Ulm, MN

Cheddar Block - Mark Mancheski, Land O' Lakes, Kiel, WI              

Cheddar Barrel - Vincent Zoller, First District Ass'n, Litchfield, MN

Miscellaneous Cheese - Doug Anderson, First District Ass'n, Litchfield, MN

Artisan Cheese - Rueben Nilsson, The Lone Grazer Creamery, Mpls., MN

For full results, click here.

 For the 2016-17 Contest Cycle there will be two categories for butter entries:

Conventional - continuous churn
Artisan - The Artisan Butter contest will be a separate contest from the continuous churn butter contest. This category would be for small batch butter processors.

Awards will be given in both categories. The scoring would be the same for both contests. The butter entrants will have to specify whether the butter is conventional or artisan on their entry cards. Entries will have names removed and replaced with numbers prior to judging. The entries will be evaluated by three qualified judges  and samples of the butter will also be sent to a certified lab for composition and bacteriological analysis.
We hope that the addition of the second contest will give more buttermakers the initiative to enter the butter contest. Remember that if you would like to be eligible for the annual championship award that you will need to enter all three contests and that there will be separate trophies for the conventional and artisan divisions.
Note that for this cycle of contests - we will continue with three contests which include the: Fall; Spring; and Minnesota State Fair (in July) contests. Entries must be delivered to Bongards’ Creameries at 13200 County Road 51, Norwood, MN 55368.

 2016 Champions:

2016 Joe Hortsch Memorial Trophy

for the top Minnesota State Fair Buttermaker:

Joel Braun, AMPI, New Ulm, MN


2016 Mary Stenson Memorial Trophy Champion Buttermaker:

Joel Braun, AMPI, New Ulm, MN


2016 Champion Cheddar Block Cheesemaker:

John Stahl, Land O’Lakes, Kiel WI


2016 Champion Cheddar Barrel Cheesemaker:

Doug Anderson, First District Association, Litchfield, MN
Jared Terning, First District Association, Litchfield, MN

98.67 (tie)

2016 Champion Miscellaneous Cheesemaker:
Team Lake Norden, Lake Norden Cheese Company,
Lake Norden, SD


2016 Champion Artisan Cheesemaker: 
Production Team, Stickney Hill Dairy,
Kimball, MN


On-Line Contest Application Forms & Other Information
Butter Contest instructions (pdf)
Cheese Contest instructions (pdf)


Butter Scoring
Butter Contest Cards

Cheese Scoring
Cheese Contest Cards
Contest Mailing Labels

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