(WKOW) - The Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research, or CDR, is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
Back in 1986 the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research, or CDR, was founded, and has been positively impacting the dairy industry ever since.
Norm Olson, founder of the CDR, credits the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and the University of Wisconsin-Madison for helping the program take off.
"When you look at the possibilities and one was simply to emulate the efforts that were going on in various countries and then to try to translate that to something that was meaningful in Wisconsin," Olson said.
Some of the most meaningful outcomes of the CDR have been the research and development in specialty cheese production, which now accounts for nearly 25 percent of total Wisconsin cheese production.
Evidence of the success of developments at CDR is the fact that Wisconsin cheesemakers have taken first place over the past two years in national and international cheese competitions.
Some of the ways the Center for Dairy Research benefits consumers are with the beneficial products that they've developed such as Rapid Whey, a sports recovery drink for athletes, and Juustoleipa or, "bread" cheese, as well as the many award-winning cheeses it has helped develop such as Pleasant Ridge Reserve.