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Celebrating 50 Years!

Join us as NMC celebrates 50 years of controlling mastitis and improving milk quality! The NMC 50th Annual Meeting will be held January 23-26, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, in Arlington, Virginia. Located directly across the Potomac River from Washington DC, the hotel is a great venue for hosting the conference and provides easy access for enjoying the nation's capital.

The upcoming conference features an outstanding program that will encompass the past, the present, and the future of mastitis and milk quality. The main program will look at the key work in milk quality, milking technology, udder health, and other areas that underpin the advances in the dairy industry that have occurred since NMC was formed in 1961, with an emphasis on what NMC has delivered over the past 50 years. The program will also look at where the next advances will be in the area of mastitis control and milk quality. A pre-conference symposium will focus on understanding consumer perceptions and their impact on product demand and quality. This meeting is targeted toward all individuals interested in mastitis control and quality milk production, including veterinarians, producers, researchers, extension specialists, industry suppliers, field staff, regulatory officials, and students.

Pre-conference Symposium. "Consumer Perceptions -- What Do We Know, Where Are We Heading, and What Should We Be Doing to Meet Future Demands?" is the theme for a symposium scheduled for Sunday afternoon, January 31. This is open to all registered attendees (no additional registration fee).

Short Courses. Limited-enrollment short courses will be held on Sunday evening, Monday afternoon, and Monday evening. A total of nine courses will be offered. An extra registration fee is required for the short courses.

Committee Meetings. NMC committees will meet Monday, January 24, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Individuals are encouraged to attend and participate in the committee meetings, which are open to all registered attendees.

General Session. The opening session begins at 8:15 am on Tuesday, January 25. Presentations continue Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning. Tuesday afternoon features two concurrent sessions, offering more options for meeting registrants. The meeting adjourns at noon on Wednesday, January 26.

Technology Transfer Session. The Technology Transfer Session (TTS), featuring poster presentations on mastitis control and milk quality, will be held on Monday and Tuesday. Posters will be available for viewing all day, with authors present at specified times during the day.

Research and Development Summaries Session. Selected posters from the TTS will be presented Tuesday afternoon in an oral session (held concurrently with the general session).

Banquet. The main social activity of the meeting, a special 50th anniversary celebration banquet, will be held on Tuesday evening. Meet new friends and old acquaintances at this feature event! Please note that the annual reception, normally held on Tuesday evening, will not take place.

Proceedings. Papers presented at the meeting (excluding the short courses) will be published in the Annual Meeting Proceedings. Members who do not attend the meeting will be mailed a copy. Additional copies may be purchased from the NMC office. The proceedings will also be provided on CD-ROM.

Registration. Discounted pre-registration fees are $275 for NMC members and $400 for non-members. Student registration fees are $105 (members) and $130 (non-member). Non-members are automatically signed up as NMC members for one year. Please note that the registration fee for current NMC members does not include annual dues. Registration includes a copy of the proceedings, two continental breakfasts, breaks, and a luncheon. The banquet requires an additional fee.