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Provide a forum for education and global exchange of information on milk quality, mastitis and relevant research.

Communicate that information to the dairy industry enabling it to control mastitis and improve milk quality.

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Registration Open for 56th NMC Annual Meeting
Thu November 10, 2016

Registration is now open for the National Mastitis Council 56th Annual Meeting, which will be held Jan. 28 through 31, 2017, at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida. Located between the waters of Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, the city of St. Pete Beach is situated on several miles of white sand beaches. The property sits directly on the beach, offering an attractive conference venue.

NMC’s annual meeting is designed for all individuals interested in mastitis control, quality milk production and udder health. Attendees come from around the world and include veterinarians, dairy producers, researchers, extension specialists, industry suppliers, dairy processor field representatives, regulatory officials, teachers and students. We hope you can join us for a thought-provoking and educational forum, which features world-renowned presenters who will address a variety of milk quality questions and offer effective communication strategies.


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Call for Technology Transfer Session Manuscripts
Thu October 6, 2016

Guidelines for Poster Session Submissions

Guidelines and instructions for submitting manuscripts for presentation during the 2017 Technology Transfer Session (TTS) are now available. Held each year during the National Mastitis Council Annual Meeting, TTS supplements the program by providing mastitis and milk quality information through the use of posters and one-on-one interaction.

TTS participants also have the option to submit their paper for consideration as an oral presentation during the Research and Development Summaries Session. This session offers the opportunity for graduate students and new researchers to be involved in the oral presentations at the NMC meeting.

The NMC 56th Annual Meeting will be held January 29-31, 2017, in St. Pete Beach, Florida, USA.

The TTS submission deadline is October 21, 2016. Find all the details here.

If you have questions, contact JoDee Sattler at or 414-587-5839; or Kristy Mach at or 952-758-2146.

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NMC Publishes Current Concepts of Bovine Mastitis 5th Edition
Mon July 18, 2016

Book serves as the dairy industry’s primary mastitis reference

There is a new edition of the primary bovine mastitis reference for dairy producers now available. The fifth edition of Current Concepts of Bovine Mastitis from the National Mastitis Council is an 80-page book for dairy producers, veterinarians, educators, sanitarians, field personnel and consumers. It discusses the basic theories of mastitis control, with updates based on new knowledge gained and technologies developed since the last edition. Previous editions were published in 1963, 1978 and 1987. It was last updated in 1998.

In all five editions, NMC included an illustration that shows the interactions among the many agents that can cause mastitis, the host (cow) and the environment. The importance of this interaction is reflected in the fact that the practical control of mastitis is either accomplished by reducing the exposure of the mammary gland to mastitis-causing agents or enhancing the resistance of the cow to the disease.

Current Concepts of Bovine Mastitis includes information, photographs and illustrations, regarding intramammary pathogen sources and transmission, the course of mastitis and mastitis control and treatment methods. In addition, it contains the latest practices to help milk quality professionals prevent, control and treat mastitis. The book also includes a glossary and index.

To order the book, which costs $29.95 for NMC members and $34.95 for non-members, plus shipping, , download the order form and mail, fax or e-mail your order to: National Mastitis Council, PO Box 156, New Prague, MN 56071 USA, fax: (952) 758-5813, e-mail:

Writing committee members for the fifth edition of Current Concepts of Bovine Mastitis included Elizabeth A. Berry, Animax, Hereford, United Kingdom; J. Eric Hillerton, Drumlanrig, Cambridge, New Zealand; Henk Hogeveen, Wageningen University & Research Center, Wageningen, Netherlands; Joseph S. Hogan, The Ohio State University, Wooster, Ohio; Stephen C. Nickerson, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.; Stephen P. Oliver, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.; Gina M. Pighetti, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.; Paul Rapnicki, Elanco Animal Health, Greenfield, Ind.; Ynte H. Schukken, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.; and K. Larry Smith, The Ohio State University, Wooster, Ohio.

Current Concepts of Bovine Mastitis was NMC’s first publication. Thousands of copies have been distributed around the world.

Industry experts address food transparency at NMC conference
Wed July 6, 2016

Specialized courses offer hands-on learning

Nearly 200 milk quality professionals from three countries and 18 states attended the National Mastitis Council (NMC) Regional Meeting, held June 29-30 in Appleton, Wis. The forum attracted dairy processors, veterinarians, dairy producers, researchers, milking equipment dealers, dairy suppliers and students.

“America’s Dairyland is home to numerous milk quality experts and high quality milk producers. We showcased these industry leaders during the regional meeting,” said Keith Engel, a 2016 program co-chair and NMC board member. “The engagement and enthusiasm to produce and market quality milk was incredible.”

Attendees participated in a variety of specialized short courses that addressed milking system evaluations, on-farm milk culturing, employee training, analyzing dairy herd health records, designing dairy barns, monitoring milk quality counts and evaluating teat-end conditions. Numerous participants praised NMC and the short course instructors for providing the hands-on learning workshops.


Shiloh Dairy

Additionally, some registrants visited three dairy farms – Brickstead Dairy, Greenleaf; Shiloh Dairy, Brillion; and Grand View Dairy, Brillion. A highly productive herd housed on sand in a naturally ventilated barn, Brickstead Dairy’s beginnings trace back to the mid-1800s. Canada’s milk quota system hampered business expansion, so Gordon and Cathy Speirs of Shiloh Dairy relocated and now milk 2,100 cows. Grand View Dairy, in the Schmidt family since 1917, uses composted solids for cattle bedding and a bedding recovery unit.

To kick off the general session, Jack Harkins of the Harkins Leadership Development Corporation, Portage, Wis., helped attendees understand what great organizations do right. He also shared common mistakes that leaders and organizations make – encouraging attendees to not repeat these errors.

Other speakers addressed responsible antibiotic use, selective dry cow therapy, market cow food safety, stockmanship and consumer expectations. The food marketing panelists noted that consumers previously purchased food based on taste, price and convenience. Today, consumers also want transparency and health/wellness.

NMC thanks its regional meeting sponsors who contributed to the program’s success. The Premier sponsor was Zoetis and the Platinum sponsor was Ecolab. Gold sponsors included Elanco Animal Health, Foremost Farms USA, GEA Farm Technologies, Inc. and Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin. Silver sponsors included Agropur Cheese, Alltech, Christian Hill Dairy, Mayville Animal Clinic and PortaCheck. Other sponsors included Grande Cheese, Dean Foods and Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.

The National Mastitis Council 56th Annual Meeting is scheduled for Jan. 29-31, 2017, in St. Pete Beach, Fla. Next year’s NMC Regional Meeting will be held June 28-29, in Boise, Idaho.


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