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Development of a database of cheese defects to improve the artisanal milk processing in farmhouse dairies

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Hessisches Ministerium für Umwelt, Klimaschutz, Landwirtschaft und Verbraucherschutz

Federal State



Mainzer Straße 80
65189 Wiesbaden

Website: External link to the authority

Project Title

Development of a database of cheese defects to improve the artisanal milk processing in farmhouse dairies

Project description

In the last 20 years, the number of dairy farms in Hesse has decreased by about 70%, due to the existence-threatening low milk prices in the past. In order to counteract this development, pioneer farmhouse dairies founded an association for artisanal milk processing (VHM) in 1992. As an artisanal apprenticeship “cheesemaker” no longer exists and, therefore, the artisanal knowledge and skills are only available to a limited extent, the association “VHM” offers practical trainings and further education for farmhouse dairies. Artisanal milk processing is highly complex. Cheese defects, i.e. undesirable sensory properties, still pose enormous challenges for producers of farmhouse cheese. They may lead to batch faults and consequently to higher economic losses which amount to 5-30% of the annual turnover. The aim of the project is therefore to develop a user-friendly database of cheese defects as an analysis tool to sustainably improve the artisanal milk processing for more than 100 Hessian farmhouse dairies by documenting potential causes and strategies to prevent failures.

Status of the report

2022-02-01 10:21:23

Results focusing on practiceorientation

The results are available as part of the final report and are available for download.


Key words

  • Farming practice/activity
  • Animal husbandry
  • Food industry

Main funding source

Rural development 2014-2020 for Operational Groups (in the sense of Art 56 of Reg.1305/2013)

OG contact information

Universität Kassel, Fachgebiet Agrartechnik
Nordbahnhofstr. 1a
37213 Witzenhausen

Phone: 05542-981255

Email: agrartechnik@uni-kassel.de

Type of OG partners

  • Farmer
  • Farmer
  • Farmer

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