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The 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, and students.

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.

Committee Meetings
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.

Short Courses
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.

General Sessions
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.

Featured Symposium
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.

Luncheon
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.

Proceedings
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 a copy.

Registration
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 one year.

Note: the registration fee for current NMC members does NOT include annual dues.

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.

Hotel Accommodations
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.