Basic Sausage Short Course

November 14, 2023 8:00am to November 16, 2023 1:00pm

About the Basic Sausage Short Course

With a focus on the technology of sausage processing, short course topics range from lectures on basic meat science to demonstrations of processing techniques. Speakers, nationally and internationally recognized authorities in their fields, will provide information about the latest technology available.

Enrollment for this course is limited so that participants have ample opportunities to interact with speakers and staff and have their questions answered. Iowa State University‚Äôs modern Meat Laboratory allows participants to observe demonstrations utilizing the latest technology.


This short course is designed for persons with supervisory, production, and technical responsibilities in commercial meat processing operations. It will also provide valuable information for those in marketing and supplier industries.

Topics Covered

  • Non-meat ingredients
  • Basic meat science
  • Sausage emulsions
  • Sausage casings
  • Thermal processing
  • Fresh sausage
  • Cooked sausage
  • Spices and flavorings
  • Dry & Semi-Dry Sausage
  • Microbiology of sausage and processed meats
  • Packaging Systems

Location and Local Shuttle

The Basic Sausage Short Course will be held at the Iowa State University Meat Laboratory. Public parking is not available near the Meat Laboratory so a shuttle bus will transport you between the Courtyard Ames and the Meat Laboratory. If you will be staying at a hotel other than the Courtyard Ames, it will be your responsibility to meet the shuttle departing from the Courtyard Ames each morning at 7:30 a.m.


The shuttle will depart the Courtyard each morning at 7:30 a.m. for the ISU Meat Laboratory. See the Location and Shuttle section for more details.

  • Tuesday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. with an optional evening social
  • Wednesday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. with an optional evening social
  • Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 

Meals/Social Events

Lunch: will be provided on Tuesday and Wednesday
Breaks: coffee, soda, bottled water and snacks will be available all day at the Meat Laboratory
Evening social: hosted bar and appetizers on Tuesday evening at the Courtyard Hotel


Registration for the 2022 Basic Sausage Short Course is now open, click on Registration above to complete your registration. 

The fee for the Basic Sausage Short Course is $1095.00 per person, after October 24, 2023, the fee will increase to $1,250.00 per person. Registration will close on November 7, 2023. The registration fee includes course materials, lunch, refreshment breaks,  the Tuesday evening social, and transportation between the Courtyard Ames and the Meat Lab.


A block of sleeping rooms has been reserved at the headquarters hotel with a rate of $114.00 per night plus taxes, including breakfast each day:

Courtyard by Marriott Ames
311 South 17th Street
Ames, IA 50010

Phone: 515-620-5910 - indicate you are attending the Basic Sausage Short Course
Online: click here to reserve your room online

Please make your hotel reservations before October 25, 2023 to guarantee a room at the conference rate. Reservations made after the deadline are subject to room availability.


Download the 2023 Basic Sausage Short Course brochure here

Change in Plans

You may substitute another person at any time prior to the start of the course. If you need to cancel your registration before October 30, 2023 you may receive a refund less a $50.00 processing fee. If you need to cancel your registration between October 24, 2023 and November 6, 2023, you may receive a 50% refund. If you cancel your registration between November 7, 2023 and the start of the course, no refund will be issued. Contact Matt Wenger at or 515-294-9279 if you have changes to your plans.