Meeting Overview

"A forum focused on improving milk quality and dairy profitability"

Conference Goal
The goal of the NMC Regional Meeting is to provide a forum for delivering and sharing information about udder health, mastitis control, milking management, milk quality and milk safety.

Who Should Attend?
The program is aimed at dairy producers and their employees; veterinarians; mastitis/milk quality specialists/technicians, students, and everyone with an interest in the production of high quality milk!

Why Should You Attend?
The program will provide information and skills necessary to strengthen milk quality programs and increase dairy profitability. The conference also provides an excellent opportunity to network with other dairy producers and industry professionals who share the common interest of quality milk production.

Meeting Format and Schedule
The two-day conference will consist of specialized short courses (workshops) held on both Wednesday and Thursday (August 15 & 16) during the morning and afternoon. Some courses will be held all day.

Unlike previous years, there will not be a main program (general session) in a large lecture room setting. Instead, the conference will offer 10 different short courses, allowing individuals to select specific topics of interest. Participants may enroll in up to four different courses, depending on the scheduling.

The short courses provide a smaller group setting for the participants (generally 15 - 40 people), which offers the opportunity to interact directly with the instructor and other registrants in the course. Individuals are encouraged to bring questions, experiences, and potential problems they may have encountered. The courses are designed to be two-way, interactive learning sessions.

Since the courses have limited enrollment, it is important to register early to ensure a spot in the course. Registration is on a first come, first served basis.

Spanish Short Course
One of the courses (The Reasons Behind Udder Preparation) is being taught in Spanish and is targeted toward milk harvest technicians and others interested in milk quality. The course will be held Wednesday morning and then repeated on Thursday afternoon which will allow a dairy's entire milking team to attend the training. This is the only course which is offered more than once. A group discount for the Spanish short course is also available.

Evening Reception
On Wednesday, August 15, an informal reception will be held from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Featuring light snacks and beverages, the reception provides an excellent opportunity to meet friends and colleagues from all across the industry who are committed to producing high quality milk and ensuring the future of the dairy industry.

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