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 3-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.”  Due to the hands-on nature of the program, in-person attendance is required.

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.  Registration for the 2024-2025 class is open until December 30, 2023. Please check back for additional information on future MMC programs, or send any questions to Colleen Crummy, 608-279-7669 /



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Program Elements

  • Six 3 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.