NMC 53rd Annual Meeting will be held January 26-28, 2014 at the
Worthington Renaissance Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas. Known as "The
City of Cowboys and Culture", Fort Worth is located near Dallas,
in north central Texas. The conference hotel is in the heart of
downtown in historic Sundance Square, and just minutes from the
famous Fort Worth Stockyards.
The NMC conference highlights the latest technical and applied
information related to udder health, milking management, milk
quality and milk safety. People from all over the world attend
this international forum, which is targeted toward all individuals
interested in mastitis control and quality milk production, including
veterinarians, producers, researchers, extension specialists,
consultants, industry suppliers, field staff, regulatory officials,
The meeting begins Sunday afternoon (January 26) and ends Tuesday
evening (January 28). Committee meetings and open discussion groups
will be held Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. The general sessions
and poster session will be held Monday and Tuesday, and the featured
symposium will be Tuesday afternoon. The short courses will be
held on Sunday afternoon/evening and Tuesday evening. There will
be no educational sessions on Wednesday.
NMC committees meet Sunday afternoon (January 26), and Monday
and Tuesday mornings (January 27 & 28). Individuals are encouraged
to attend the meetings, which are open to all registered attendees.
Voting is limited to committee members however, and projects are
generally assigned to committee members. Committees that will
meet include: Milk Quality Monitoring, Membership and Marketing,
Teat Health, and Research.
Open Discussion Groups NEW!
Open Discussion Groups are relatively new to NMC meetings, and
will be held on Monday and Tuesday mornings (January 27 & 28).
First implemented in 2013, the objective of these groups is to
facilitate discussion and information exchange in areas of special
interest among meeting registrants. Unlike a typical committee,
there are not "members" appointed to the discussion groups. Instead,
the discussion groups are "open", and everyone is welcome to actively
participate. Any actions or projects that result will be assigned
to a working group, which will function until the project is complete.
There are currently three open discussion groups: Machine Milking,
Residue Avoidance, and International Topics. Specific issues to
be discussed will be posted online and provided at the conference.
Eleven limited-enrollment short courses will be held on Sunday
afternoon/evening, and Tuesday evening (January 26 and 28). An
extra registration fee is required for the short courses.
The opening session begins at 10:00 am on Monday, January 26.
Monday afternoon features two concurrent sessions, offering more
options for meeting registrants. Presentations continue through
Tuesday, January 28.
New and Not-So-New Technologies for Detecting and Managing
Mastitis is the theme for a symposium scheduled for Tuesday
afternoon, January 28. The symposium is open to all registered
attendees (no additional registration fee).
Technology Transfer Session
The Technology Transfer Session, featuring poster presentations
on mastitis control and milk quality, will be held on Monday and
Tuesday, January 27 & 28. 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 Technology Transfer Session will be
presented Monday afternoon, January 27, in an oral session (held
concurrently with the general session).
Reception and NMRF Fundraising Event
The main social activity of the meeting will be a reception on
Monday evening. Meet new friends and old acquaintances at this
feature event, which is open to all registrants.
This year's fundraising activity for the National Mastitis Research
Foundation, "Minute to Win It" will also be held
during the reception.
The annual luncheon will be held at noon on Tuesday. Visit with
colleagues and help honor the recipients of the National Dairy
Quality Awards, the NMC Award of Excellence for Contribution to
Mastitis Prevention and Control, and the NMC Scholars. The luncheon
is open to all registrants for no charge.
Papers presented at the meeting (excluding the short courses)
will be published in the Annual Meeting Proceedings (provided
to all attendees) and will be available in the NMC Online Proceedings
Library. Members who do not attend the meeting will be mailed
Discounted pre-registration fees are $300 for NMC members and
$425 for non-members. Student registration fees are $105 (members)
and $130 (non-member).
Nonmembers are automatically signed up as a new NMC member for
Note: the registration fee for current NMC members does NOT include
Registration includes a copy of the proceedings, two continental
breakfasts, the awards luncheon, a reception, and breaks. Register
by January 3, 2014 to get the discounted registration fees.
Reservations should be made directly with the Worthington Renaissance
Hotel (see link above) by January 3, 2014. It is advisable
to make your reservations early since the room block could fill
up before the cut-off date.