umdia: The Upper midwest dairy industry association

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


On-Line Contest Application Forms & Other Information
2015 Cheese Contest Details
2015 Spring Butter Entry Directions
2015 Spring Cheese Entry Directions
2015 June Butter Entry Directions
2015 June Cheese Entry Directions
2015 State Fair Butter Entry Directions
2015 State Fair Cheese Entry Directions


Butter Scoring
Butter Contest Cards

Cheese Scoring
Cheese Contest Cards
Contest Mailing Labels

Congratulations to the 2015 Minnesota State Fair Butter and Cheese Contest Winners

The top 5 in each category are awarded prizes by the Minnesota Agricultural Society.  Look for them on display in the Dairy Building at the Minnesota State Fair

 Butter Results

Placing

Name

Plant

Final Score

1

Al Kopischke

AMPI - New Ulm, MN

99.167

2

Josh Parsley

Land O' Lakes- Carlisle, PA

99.083

3

Jim Fischer

AMPI - New Ulm, MN

99.02*

4

Paul Thiede

AMPI - New Ulm, MN

99.01*

5

Mike Jones

Land O' Lakes- Carlisle, PA

99.00*

Cheddar Block Cheese Results

Placing

Name

Plant

Final Score

1

Tom Daul

Land O' Lakes - Kiel, WI

98.67

2

Dan Mitchell

Dairy Farmers of America- Zumbrota, MN

98.08

3

Dale Schmidt

Land O' Lakes - Kiel, WI

97.67

4

Ross Hadler

Dairy Farmers of America- Zumbrota, MN

97.03

5

Bongards' Perham Team A

Bongards' - Perham, MN

96.92

       

Cheddar Barrel Cheese Results

Placing

Name

Plant

Final Score

1

Zac McCann

First District Assoc. - Litchfield, MN

98.70

2

Bongards' Perham Team A

Bongards'-Perham, MN

98.67

3

Bongards' Perham Team B

Bongards'-Perham, MN

98.58

4

Jared Terning

First District Assoc. - Litchfield, MN

98.50

5

Team LeSueur

LeSueur Cheese- LeSueur, MN

98.17

       

Miscellaneous Cheese Results

Placing

Name

Plant

Cheese

Final Score

1

Lynne Reeck

Singing Hills Dairy- Nerstrand, MN

Semi-hard fresh pressed Goat cheese

98.58

2

Scott Kargas

First District Assoc. - Litchfield, MN

Monterey Jack w/Peppers

98.42

3

Team Loaf

Land O' Lakes - Spencer, WI

Extra melt w/Jalapenos- Process

98.33

4

Team Lake Norden

Lake Norden Cheese Company - Lake Norden, SD

Smoke Provolone

98.28

5

Zac McCann

First District Assoc. - Litchfield, MN

Monterey Jack with Dill

98.25

 

Artisan Cheese Results

Placing

Name

Plant

Cheese

Final Score

1

Mitchell Maher

University of Minnesota - St. Paul, MN

Pepper Garlic Gouda

98.83

2

Ray Miller

University of Minnesota - St. Paul, MN

Santo Paulino

98.82

3

Production Team Stickney Hill Dairy

Stickney Hill Dairy - Kimball, MN

Honey Chevre

98.78

4

Rueben Nilsson

The Lone Grazer Creamery-Mpls, MN

Whole Milk Ricotta

98.75

5

Rueben Nilsson

The Lone Grazer Creamery-Mpls, MN

String Cheese

98.58

 


Fall 2014 Contest Results
For full results, click here.
 
State Fair 2014 Contest Results
For full results, click here.

June 2014 Contest Results
For full results, click here.
 
Spring 2014 Contest Results
For full results, click here..
 
Fall 2013 Contest Results
For full results, click here.
 
The Great Minnesota Cheese-Together: 2013 State Fair Results
For full results, click here.

A Perfect 100:  2013 June Educational Results
For full results, click here.

Spring 2013 Contest Results
For full results, click here.

Fall 2012 Contest Results
For full results, click here.

2012 CHAMPIONSHIP Butter & Cheese Contest Results, for full results, click here.
2012 State Fair Butter & Cheese Contest Results,
for full results, click here.
2012 June Educational Butter & Cheese Contest Results, 
for full results, click here.
2012 Spring Butter & Cheese Contest Results, for full results, click here.

2011 Championship Results:
For full championship results in each category, click here
For photos of the award winners, click here
For the individual butter & cheese contest results, click here

2011 State Fair Results
For full results, click here.

2010 Championship Butter & Cheese Results
For full results, click here.

2010 Minnesota State Fair Contest Results
For full results, click here.

2010 June Educational Butter & Cheese Contest Results
For full results, click here.

2010 Spring Butter & Cheese Contest Results
For full results, click here.

 

 

Background Information

Four contests are organized by UMDIA are offered each year to provide an opportunity for friendly competition and to promote the craft of making quality cheese and butter. These contests are open to any Butter or Cheesemaker who would like to enter. Competitors do not need to be UMDIA members nor is it necessary to reside in Minnesota.

The four contests organized by UMDIA are used to determine the Annual Champion Buttermaker and Cheesemaker. The first contest in the cycle is the Fall Contest, held in November, the second is the Spring Contest, which was held in early March. The June Educational Contest, sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. The Minnesota State Fair Contest, sponsored by the Minnesota State Agricultural Society, is held in July. To be awarded the title of Champion, an individual must enter all four contests and have the highest average score among all of the competitors who have entered all of the contests. The awarded is given out at the UMDIA annual conference in September of each year.

If you have questions about the contest you may contact Contest Superintendent Lisa Ramacher at e-mail lisa.ramacher@state.mn.us . If you require entry materials please contact Doris Mold, UMDIA General Manager, e-mail: manager@umndia.org.

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