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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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Graduate Students: Apply for the NMC Scholars Program
Thu May 26, 2016

For the 10th consecutive year, NMC is offering four travel scholarships to full-time graduate students interested in controlling mastitis and improving milk quality. Successful applicants will apply these scholarships toward attendance at NMC’s 56th Annual Meeting, Jan. 29-31, 2017, in St. Pete Beach, Fla.

At least two NMC travel scholarship recipients will be graduate students at a university or college outside of the United States and Canada. Travel award scholarships for up to $1,500 will be given to U.S. and Canadian students; up to $2,500 for students attending school outside the United States and Canada.

Eligible candidates must be a graduate student enrolled full time at a college or university in a dairy, animal or veterinary science, microbiology or related program, at the time of application deadline, with an area of interest that includes mastitis control and quality milk production. Candidates must also be an NMC member.

The application deadline is July 31. Applicants will be notified by Sept. 1, regarding the selection committee’s decision. Selection priority will be given to applicants who have not previously attended an NMC Annual Meeting.

QUICK LINK:  Scholarship Application – 2017


2016 Regional Meeting – June 29-30 – Appleton, Wisconsin
Tue April 19, 2016

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Registration for the 2016 National Mastitis Council Regional Meeting is now open!

Join milk quality enthusiasts in Appleton, Wis., for the 2016 National Mastitis Council (NMC) Regional Meeting, June 29-30, at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel.

“The 2016 regional meeting is designed for mastitis/milk quality specialists, dairy producers and their employees, veterinarians, researchers, extension specialists and students who have an interest in high quality milk production,” says Patrick Christian, a 2016 regional meeting program co-chair, NMC board member and an owner/operator in the family’s dairy operation – Christian Hill Dairy, Lomira, Wis.

The conference starts with short courses and a dairy farm tour on June 29. Short course topics, descriptions, instructors and schedule are listed on the NMC website.  One short course is being held on a dairy farm and one is being taught in Spanish. Additionally, you can find the farm tour stops and the dairy operations’ features listed on the web site.

During the evening of June 29, enjoy some camaraderie with milk quality enthusiasts at Fox Cities Stadium, Appleton, Wis., when the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers take on the Clinton LumberKings. The informal gathering includes the baseball game, dinner, drinks, transportation and a souvenir.

On June 30, the general session kicks off with keynote speaker Jack Harkins of Harkins Leadership Development Corporation, Portage, Wis. Learn what great organizations do right and don’t repeat common mistakes that leaders and organizations make. Other general session topics include antibiotic treatment standard operating procedures, selective dry cow therapy and dairy cattle stockmanship. The program concludes with a milk processor roundtable discussion that will address consumers’ expectations of the dairy industry.

For more information on the meeting, go to the 2016 Regional Meeting website.



Meeting Website

Short Courses

Farm Tour

Book your hotel room

For more information, call 952-758-2146 or e-mail:


Berry, Kelton join NMC board of directors
Fri February 12, 2016

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National Mastitis Council (NMC) members elected two new members – Elizabeth Berry and David Kelton – to its board of directors during the NMC Annual Business Meeting, held Feb. 2, in Glendale, Ariz. Berry is a veterinarian and research and development scientist at Animax in Hereford, United Kingdom. Kelton is a professor of epidemiology and dairy health at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ont., Canada. During the next year, Sandra Godden, a dairy population medicine professor at the University of Minnesota, will lead the organization as president; Mario Lopez, DeLaval technical service and technical tools development manager, will serve as first vice president; and Kelton will serve as second vice president.

Pictured: (Sitting) Mario Lopez, Sandra Godden, David Kelton, Gina Pighetti.  (Standing L to R) Patrick Christian, Elizabeth Berry, Steve Lehman, Kevin Anderson, Jason Lombard, Gary Neubauer, Joe Gillespie, Keith Engel.  Not pictured: Ron Erskine, Sarne De Vliegher, Ian Ohnstad


National Dairy Quality Award Recipients Recognized During NMC 54th Annual Meeting
Fri February 12, 2016

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Michigan, Wisconsin dairies receive National Dairy Quality Platinum Awards

The National Mastitis Council (NMC) honored six dairy operations for their outstanding quality milk production accomplishments during the group’s 55th annual meeting, held Jan. 31-Feb. 2, in Glendale, Ariz. The National Dairy Quality Awards (NDQA) program recognizes dairy producers from across the United States who produce high quality milk while implementing management practices that focus on udder health and animal well -being.

The top-ranked NDQA Platinum winners included: Jeremy Beebe, Whittemore, Mich.; Roger, Sandy and David Grade, and Travis and Janet Clark, Eldorado, Wis.; Michael Kleinhans, Kiel, Wis.; Gregg Trierweiler and Matthew Keilen, Westphalia, Mich.; David and Karen Vander Zanden, Casnovia, Mich.; and Brent, Nancy, Tyler and Ben Wilson, Carson City, Mich.

In addition to the six Platinum winners, there were 16 Gold and 14 Silver NDQA winners. These farms were selected from nearly 150 applications submitted for the 2015 awards. Farms were nominated by professionals, such as dairy plant field staff, veterinarians, extension specialists and DHI supervisors, who serve the dairy industry.

Click here to read more about the Platinum winners, along with the listing of Gold and Silver winners (and their nominators). Congratulations to all!

Platinum National Dairy Quality Awards winners were recognized during the NMC 55th Annual Meeting. Pictured in the front row: Nancy Wilson, Karen Vander Zanden, Sandy Grade, Janet Clark, Deanna Booth and Kristin Trierweiler. Back row: Brent Wilson, David Vander Zanden, Roger Grade, Travis Clark, Jeremy Beebe and Gregg Trierweiler


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January 31-February 2, 2016
NMC 55th Annual Meeting
Glendale, Arizona

June 28-30, 2016
NMC Regional Meeting
Appleton, Wisconsin

January 29-31, 2017
NMC 56th Annual Meeting
St. Pete Beach, Florida

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