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Meat Snacks Short Course

February 7, 2023 @ 8:00 am - February 9, 2023 @ 12:45 pm CST


Meat Snacks Short Course

About the Meat Snacks Short Course

This short course takes a comprehensive approach to understanding meat snacks focusing on jerky, bars, and snack sticks. Participants will learn about the science, safety, and production behind this category of products from a group of nationally and internationally recognized authorities in their fields. To facilitate a stronger understanding of topics discussed, laboratory demonstrations will be held in the state-of-the-art Meat Science & Animal Biologics Discovery building to reinforce important concepts discussed in the classroom. Processors from every level of experience can benefit from this program with content focused on those interested in or currently involved in the meat snack industry.

With the enrollment in this short course is limited to 50, you will have ample opportunity to have your questions answered directly by the speakers and staff.

Topics Covered 

  • Basic Meat Science
  • Non-meat Ingredients
  • Raw Material Selection
  • Meat Microbiology
  • Jerky & Whole Muscle Manufacturing Procedures
  • Jerky & Whole Muscle Food Safety & Labeling
  • Meat Snack (stick & bar) Manufacturing Procedures
  • Jerky Manufacturing (demonstration)
  • Stick & Bar Manufacturing Equipment Technologies
  • Starter Cultures and Acidulants
  • Casings
  • Stick and Bar Labeling & Food Safety
  • Thermal Processing
  • Drying Technologies
  • Meat Snack Nutrition, Marketing and Shelf-Life
  • Classification of Meat Snacks


 Course Location, Parking and Transportation:

The Meat Snacks Short Course will be held at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Meat Science & Animal Biologics Discovery (MSABD) building, located at 1933 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706.

A shuttle service will be provided from the Double Tree by Hilton Madison Downtown to the MSABD building at 7:30 am each day. If you will be staying at a hotel other than the Double Tree by Hilton Madison Downtown, it will be your responsibility to meet the shuttle departing each morning at 7:30 am.

In addition to the shuttle, nearby parking is also available in Lot 67 (2002 Linden Drive) or Lot 36 (1645 Observatory Drive). Rates are $1 per 30 minutes for the first 3 hours, and $1/hour thereafter. The maximum rate for the day is $15.   For additional information about parking, visit this map which shows the location of the Meat Science & Animal Biologics Discovery building.



Tuesday, February 7th:       8:00am to 5:30pm

Wednesday, February 8th: 8:00am to 5:00pm

Thursday, February 9th:     8:00am to 12:45pm


Meals/Social Events

Breaks: A light continental breakfast, break items, and refreshments will be provided all three days.

Lunches: will be provided on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Evening Receptions: Tuesday evening at the DoubleTree hotel


Registration  CLASS IS FULL 1/19/23

The registration fee for the Meat Snacks Short Course $1200.00 per person.  After January 15th, 2023, the fee will be $1275.00.  Registration will close January 22nd, 2023 or when the class is filled.  The fee includes course materials & & handouts, breaks & lunches, refreshments, the Tuesday evening reception, and local transportation between the DoubleTree hotel and the MSABD building.

Lodging, parking, and other meals are not included.

Confirmation of registration and a map will be e-mailed to participants prior to the school.




A block of rooms has been reserved at the Double Tree by Hilton Madison Downtown, rate $149.00 per night, Group code: MSS.  This rate is only available until January 15th, 2023, after that date, the rate is not guaranteed.  Reservations made after the deadline are subject to room availability.

You may click on the link below to book directly.


 DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton
(1.7 miles from class site, MSABD building)
525 W Johnson Street
Madison, WI
Phone: (608) 251-5511 (if registering by phone, please use group code: MSS)



Change in Plans:

You may substitute another person at any time prior to the start of the course. If you need to cancel your registration before January 15th, 2023, you may receive a refund less a $50.00 processing fee.  If you need to cancel your registration between January 16th and January 22nd, 2023, you may receive a 50% refund.  If you cancel your registration between January 23rd, 2023, and the start of the course, no refund will be issued.  If you fail to cancel, no refund will be issued.  Please contact Colleen Crummy, at 608-263-4891, if you have changes to your plans.


Course and Registration Questions:

If you have questions regarding registration or otherwise, please contact Colleen Crummy at 608-263-4891 or email colleen.crummy@wisc.edu.






February 7, 2023 @ 8:00 am CST
February 9, 2023 @ 12:45 pm CST
Event Category:


Division of Extension


Meat Science & Animal Biologics Discovery Building
1933 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States