Master Meat Crafter Training Program

About the Program

The Master Meat Crafter Program is a highly regarded and first-of-its-kind meat industry training program offered by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Meat Science & Animal Biologics Discovery program. It is designed to provide participants with a well-rounded, in-depth, and comprehensive knowledge of meat science, food safety, and meat processing principles.

The 2-year program consists of six 2.5-day workshops alongside a formal graduation ceremony, and candidates are required to successfully complete four program elements for graduation and subsequent distinction as “Master Meat Crafter.”

Acceptance into this program will be based upon the quality and content of the required training program application. Applicants with at least 5 years of experience in ownership, operation, or employment in a meat processing establishment will be viewed favorably. However, other backgrounds will be considered for admission.

The program is limited to 35 participants per class, and registration for the 2022-2023 class has closed. Please check back for additional information on future MMC programs, or send any questions to Jesse Brookstein at 608-263-4891 /

Program Elements

  • Six 2.5 day workshops
  • Homework assignments
  • Mentorship
  • Plant Project
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Distinction as Master Meat Crafter                                                                                

After successfully completing all program elements, participants will receive the distinction of “Master Meat Crafter” with a formal graduation ceremony held in Madison.

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About the Building                                                                                                                    

The Master Meat Crafter Training Program will take place at our brand new, state-of-the-art UW-Madison Meat Science & Animal Biologics Discovery building, located on campus at 1933 Observatory Dr, Madison, WI 53706. Learn more about the building and our program here.