About the Center

The Western Dairy Center pursues an ongoing mission to conduct basic and applied research in dairy products and ingredients and to transfer the resulting knowledge to the dairy industry in usable form. It is supported by the Dairy Research Institute, the National Dairy Board, the dairy industry, and local dairy farmer organizations.

The Center uses a multi-disciplinary approach to solve problems and improve products in the dairy industry. The scope of research covers all aspect of dairy foods technology and production including:

  cheese products

-microbial genetics
-microbial physiology
-whey processing
-milk processing
-protein chemistry
-cheese processing


The Center provides expert assistance in these important areas:

-Fluid milk and ice cream
-Fermented products (cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, buttermilk)
-Milk protein chemistry (coagulation, denaturation, separation)
-Food engineering (membrane, extrusion)
-Genetics and bioengineering of lactic acid bacteria
-Ultra high temperature and extended shelf life products

For more information, please contact Don McMahon, Director, or Carl Brothersen, Associate Director, at:

Western Dairy Center
Utah State University
8700 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-8700
Telephone: (435) 797-3466
Fax: (435) 797-2178
E-mail: westcent@usu.edu

C.A. Ernstrom Nutrition and Food Sciences building, USU

C.A. Ernstrom Nutrition and
Food Sciences Building, USU