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Sunday, January 20
7:00 am -
12 noon
Board of Directors Meeting
Pre-Conference Symposium: Drug Use On Dairy Farms - What We All Need To Know!
Appropriate drug use on dairy farms impacts many parties - from dairy producers all the way to consumers. To protect the right to use drugs on dairy farms, drugs must be used appropriately. Discover how the public perceives drug use on farms, how the public influences the dairy industry, and why it's important to follow the rules. Learn about drug approval and licensing for use in dairy animals and what constitutes prudent on-farm use. Furthermore, gain a better understanding of legalities related to on-farm drug use, how drug residues are detected in milk and dairy beef, and the consequences of a positive test.
1:00 pm

Welcome and Introduction
John Middleton, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

1:15 pm Public Perception of Drug Use in Food Animals - Why Should We Be Concerned?
Dale Moore, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
1:45 pm What is Needed to Market a Drug for Food Animal Use?
John Hallberg, Pfizer Animal Health, Kalamazoo, MI
2:15 pm

Prudent Drug Use on Dairy Farms
Keith Sterner, Sterner Veterinary Clinic, Ionia, MI

2:45 pm Break
3:15 pm Extra-label Drug Use (ELDU) and the Animal Medicinal Drug Use Clarification Act (AMDUCA) - How They Impact the Producer, Veterinarian, Processor, and Consumer
John Middleton, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
3:45 pm What, When, Where and How to Do a Milk Residue Test
Larry Maturin, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Summit-Argo, IL
4:15 pm Beyond Milk - Measuring Dairy Beef Quality Assurance
Craig Schultz, U.S. Department of Agricuture, Wyalusing, PA
4:45 pm Open Forum - Questions and Answers
5:00 pm Adjourn
Short Course (limited enrollment; pre-registration required)
6:30 pm -
9:30 pm
Course 1: What Got Us to the Farm - Facts or Fiction
[Note: this is a 2-day course. Day 2 will be on Monday evening from 6:30 - 9:30 pm]
6:30 pm -
9:30 pm
Course 2: Setting Up an On-Farm Dairy Lab
Monday, January 21
Technology Transfer Session (poster presentations)
Posters available for viewing from noon on. Authors available from 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm and/or 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm.
Committee and Board of Directors Meetings
7:00 am -
8:00 am
Committee Chairs Breakfast Meeting
8:00 am -
8:30 am
Newcomers Coffee - An informal get-together for individuals new to NMC. Learn more about the NMC and how its committees function. (Includes coffee & donuts.)
8:30 am -
10:30 am
DQA Technical Review Subcommittee
8:30 am -
10:30 am
International Advisory Committee
8:30 am - 10:30 am Membership & Marketing Committee
8:30 am - 10:30 am Teat Health Committee
10:30 am -
12:30 pm
Education Committee
10:30 am - 12:30 pm Machine Milking Committee
10:30 am - 12:30 pm Milk Quality Monitoring Committee
1:30 pm -
3:30 pm
Research Committee
1:30 pm -
3:30 pm
Long Range Planning Committee
1:30 pm -
3:30 pm
Residue Avoidance Committee
4:00 pm -
6:30 pm
Board of Directors Meeting
Short Courses (limited enrollment; pre-registration required)
2:00 pm -
5:00 pm
Course 3: Quality Does Milk Good - The "REAL" Value
6:30 pm -
9:30 pm
Course 1, (Day 2) What Got Us to the Farm - Facts or Fiction [Note: This is a 2-day course which begins on Sunday evening.]
6:30 pm -
9:30 pm
Course 4: The Influence of Change - The New ISO and ASABE Standards for Milking Machine Construction, Performance and Testing Standards
6:30 pm -
9:30 pm
Course 5: 200,000 and Beyond - What Somatic Cells Really Tell
6:30 pm -
9:30 pm
Course 6: Finding Extra Money in a Dairy Operation: Making the Common Things Work Uncommonly Well
Tuesday, January 22
Continental Breakfast
7:00 am - 8:00 am
Technology Transfer Session (poster presentations).
Posters available for viewing all day. Authors available from 7:30 am - 8:30 am and/or 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm.
Opening Session
9:15 am Welcome and Introduction to Program
Larry Fox, Program Chairperson, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
9:20 am President's Address
Jeff Johnson, NMC President, Land O'Lakes, Inc., Grove City, MN
General Session I: New Paradigms in Biosecurity in the Face of Changing Global Conditions
Global warming, biosecurity and bioterrorism are words that have jumped into our lexicon. These words represent concepts and concerns that everyone must face, including dairy cattle and other livestock producers. Presenters will describe how global warming will impact how we prevent diseases in cattle, how diseases may be transmitted in the future, and what specifically can be done to secure farms from inter-farm transmission of mastitis.
9:30 am Keynote Address: Increasing Climate Variability and Livestock Production: The Perfect Storm
John Gay, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
10:15 am Break
10:45 am The Threat from Foreign Animal Disease
Paul Kitching, National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
11:15 am Biosecurity and Mastitis Control - A Look to the Future
Herman Barkema, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada
11:45 am Questions and Answers
12:00 pm Adjourn
Luncheon and Business Meeting; NDQA Award Presentations
12:05 pm - 1:30 pm
General Session II: Looking at Robotic Milking from a Variety of Angles (split session)
Consider several points of view - animal welfare, health, milk quality and economics - when evaluating automatic milking systems. With speakers from North America and Europe, you'll gain a broader view of automatic milking systems through different perspectives related to the speakers' local situations. In addition, two dairy producers - one from a large operation and one from a small operation - will share their experiences in using automatic milking systems.
2:00 pm Robotic Milking Current Situation and Hot Issues
Doug Reinemann, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
2:30 pm Economics of Robotic Milking
Henk Hogeveen, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands
3:00 pm Cow Behavioural Aspects of Robotic Milking
Marisanna Speroni, Agricultural Research Council, Cremona, Italy
3:30 pm Break
4:00 pm Perspectives on Automatic Milking Systems in a Large Herd
Doyle Waybright, Mason Dixon Farms, Gettysburg, PA
4:30 pm Robotic Milking Systems: The Small Producer Experience
John Keurentjes, Sessink Holsteins, Henryville, PQ, Canada
4:45 pm Robotic Milking - Effects on Cow Health
Alfonso Zecconi, University of Milan, Milan, Italy
5:00 pm Milk Quality as Affected by Robotic Milking
Morten Dam Rasmussen, Danish Institute of Agriculture, Tjele, Denmark
5:20 pm Questions and Answers
5:30 pm Adjourn
Research and Developments Summaries Session (split session)
Oral presentation of selected posters from the Technology Transfer Session. This session runs concurrently with the General Session.
2:00 pm The Role of Subclinical Mastitis Across the Dry Period in Development of Clinical Mastitis in Early Lactation
Jose Pantoja, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
2:15 pm Clinical Mastitis and Selective Dry Cow Therapy
Audrey Torres, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
2:30 pm Comparison of 3M™ Petrifilm™ Staph Express Count Plates, 3M™ Petrifilm™ Rapid Coliform Count Plates, and 3M™ Petrifilm™ Aerobic Count Plate with Standard Bacteriology of Bovine Milk
Jodi Wallace, Ormstown Veterinary Clinic, Ormstown, PQ, Canada
2:45 pm Effect of Using an On-Farm Culture Based Treatment System on Antibiotic Use and Bacteriological Cure for Clinical Mastitis
Alfonso Lago, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
3:00 pm Metabolites and Immune Parameters Associated with Somatic Cell Count in Early Lactation
Ann-Kristin Nyman, National Veterinary Institute, Uppsala, Sweden
3:15 pm Break
3:45 pm Economic Impact of Milk Loss Due to New Subclinical Mastitis Cases in Dutch Dairies Estimated Using a Test-Day Model
Tariq Halasa, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
4:00 pm Prevalence of Contagious Mastitis Pathogens on US Dairy Operations
Jason Lombard, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Ft. Collins, CO
4:15 pm Association Between Coagulase-Negative Staph Infections At Calving and First Lactation Milk Production and Somatic Cell Counts in Dairy Heifers
Sofie Piepers, University of Ghent, Belgium
4:30 pm Gene Expression Networks In Bovine Mammary Tissue During a Streptococcus uberis Intramammary Infection Challenge
Kasey Moyes, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
4:45 pm Mastitis Control: Seize the Opportunity. The Role of Veterinarians as Effective Udder Health Advisors
Jolanda Jansen, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
5:00 pm Adjourn Research and Development Summaries Session
Technology Transfer Session (poster presentations)
Posters available for viewing all day. Authors available from 7:30 am - 8:30 am and/or 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm.
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, January 23
Continental Breakfast
7:00 am - 8:00 am
General Session III: Milker Training and Retaining
In the United States and Europe, dairy herd size has increased and so has the need for hired help on dairy farms. Hired help may be difficult to find locally, and herd managers rely more and more on workers from other countries, cultures and religions. Training milkers and educating them about milk quality and mastitis across language barriers can be a challenge. Retaining milkers and helping them find their way in a new culture and community can be an even bigger challenge. Come and hear the perspective of a bilingual milker trainer, dairy producer and bovine veterinarian. Two speakers will present American experiences. To show that the challenges aren't limited to U.S. dairy farms, one speaker, from Italy, will share how milkers in Italy may be hired from places as far away as India and Pakistan.
8:30 am Bilingual Milker Training
Lisa Ford, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
9:00 am Winning Platinum with a Hispanic Work Force
Gordon Speirs, Shiloh Dairy, Greenleaf, WI
9:30 am Milker Training Programs in Europe
Fausto Toni, Pfizer Animal Health, Rome, Italy
10:00 am Break
General Session IV: Bedding Management - Using Recycled Manure
Sand, sawdust and manure all carry challenges - from cost to availability to disposal. With these challenges in mind, some dairy producers are using recycled manure for bedding. The industry offers several ways to process and use manure solids and composted bedding packs. While some dairy producers are very pleased with their results from using recycled manure, some have experienced major train wrecks. Presenters will describe trends in the use of manure solids and compost bedding packs. Two veterinarians, including one who manages a large dairy farm, will explain how to make recycled manure for bedding work, and describe the headaches it can cause.
10:20 am Overview of Trends in Use of Manure Solids and Compost Bedded Packs
Marcia Endres, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
10:50 am How to Make Digested Manure Solids Work in the Midwest
Kenn Buelow, Holsum Dairy, Hilbert, WI
11:20 am Sand and Recycled Manure: Headaches and Train Wrecks in the Northeast
Peter Ostrum, Countryside Veterinary Clinic, Lowville, NY
11:50 am Questions and Answers
12:00 pm Adjourn Meeting