NMC Scholars Program Accepting Applications

Graduate students with an interest in mastitis, udder health, milking management and milk quality are invited to apply for the National Mastitis Council (NMC) Scholars Program.

The goal of the NMC Scholars Program is to encourage graduate student participation in National Mastitis Council programs and activities, and support the development of future milk quality researchers and specialists.

A maximum of four scholarships will be awarded. At least two scholarship recipients will be graduate students at a university or college outside of the United States and Canada.

Successful applicants will receive travel funding to attend the National Mastitis Council 54th Annual Meeting, February 1-3, 2015 in Memphis, Tennessee.

The application deadline is July 31, 2014. [Details here.]


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Early-bird Registration Deadline for NMC Meeting is May 31

Are you planning to attend this year’s National Mastitis Council Regional Meeting?  Register by May 31 and save on registration fees!

The 2014 NMC Regional Meeting will be held August 4 – 6 in Ghent, Belgium. This international forum will bring together individuals from around the world to discuss issues related to mastitis, udder health, milking management, and milk quality. Register today and join us in Belgium! [Note: the final day to pre-register is July 15.]


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Registration Open for 2014 NMC Regional Meeting in Belgium, August 4-6

The program has been finalized and registration is now open for the National Mastitis Council Regional Meeting, scheduled for August 4-6, 2014 in Ghent, Belgium.  This meeting marks the first time an NMC meeting will be held outside North America. Previous regional meetings have been held in Canada and Mexico, however NMC has not had a meeting in Europe.

The meeting is being organized jointly with the M-team at the University of Ghent. Details about the program, travel, hotel, and registration are available here.

Want to spend a few extra days while in Ghent? Find out more about the city here.


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Submission Guidelines for Poster Session at 2014 NMC Regional Meeting

Submissions for the poster session to be held during the NMC Regional Meeting, August 4-6, 2014 in Ghent, Belgium, are currently being accepted. The purpose of the poster session is to disseminate information on mastitis control, udder health, milking management, and quality milk production.

Participation requires submission of a 250-word abstract summarizing the information being presented. Abstracts must follow the guidelines and formatting requirements stated in the instructions to authors, and submitted in advance of the meeting.

All submitted abstracts will be evaluated by a review committee to assure the subject matter aligns with the goals/objectives of the NMC, and the information presented follows the poster session requirements. Accepted abstracts will be published in the 2014 NMC Regional Meeting Proceedings.

The submission deadline is April 10, 2014. [more details here]


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NMC Award of Excellence Presented to Tom Herremans

This year’s recipient of the National Mastitis Council Award of Excellence for Contribution to Mastitis Prevention and Control is Tom Herremans. The award is presented each year to an active NMC member for sustained contribution to mastitis prevention and control through research, extension, education, clinical practice, or service to producers.
[Read more here.]

Tom Herremans (right) receiving the 2014 NMC Award of Excellence during the NMC 53rd Annual Meeting. Shown presenting the award is Ron Erskine (left).


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Students Recognized as NMC Scholars at the NMC Annual Meeting

Nicole Steele, Massey University (New Zealand); Aine O’Connell, University of Wisconsin (USA); Anneleen De Visscher, Ghent University (Belgium); and Paige Gott, The Ohio State University (USA); were recognized as NMC Scholars during the NMC 53rd Annual Meeting, January 26-28, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas.

The NMC Scholars Program provides travel scholarships for graduate students to attend NMC annual meetings and encourage their involvement in NMC activities. The goal of the program is to support the development of future udder health, milking management and milk quality specialists. Funding for the program comes from the National Mastitis Research Foundation.

Read about the students and their areas of research here.

2014 NMC Scholars

Details regarding the 2015 NMC Scholars Program, which will include a travel scholarship to the NMC 54th Annual Meeting, February 1-3, 2015 in Memphis, Tennessee, will be posted on the NMC website by June 1. Applications will be due July 31, 2014.


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Quality Award Recipients Honored During NMC 53rd Annual Meeting in Fort Worth

National Dairy Quality Awards (NDQA) recipients were recognized during the National Mastitis Council 53rd Annual Meeting, held January 26-28, 2014, in Fort Worth, Texas. The goal of the NDQA program is to honor dairy producers from across the United States who have successfully placed high priority on producing milk of the highest quality.

Honored during the NMC awards luncheon, the top-ranked Platinum winners were: Beattie Farms (Donald Beattie), Holton, Michigan; Dick Haven Farms (Gordon Dick), McBain, Michigan; Easton Dairy, (Melissa Murray and Sean Quinn), Greenwich, New York; End Road Dairy (Duane and Janet Molhoek), Falmouth, Michigan; RKB Dairy (Randy and Kathy Bauer), Faribault, Minnesota; and Tubergen Dairy Farm (Dennis, Doris, Kurt and Todd Tubergen), Ionia, Michigan.

In addition to the six Platinum winners, there were also 23 Gold and 24 Silver NDQA winners.  These farms were selected from over 200 applications submitted for the 2013 awards.

Click here to read brief bio’s about Platinum winners, along with a listing of the Gold and Silver winners (and their nominators).

Platinum-level National Dairy Quality Awards winners who were recognized during the NMC annual meeting include: Front row: Kathy Bauer (RKB Dairy), Jennifer Saxton (Beattie Farms), Janet Molhoek (End Road Dairy), Susan Dick (Dick Haven Farms). Back row: Randy Bauer (RKB Dairy), Kurt Tubergen (Tubergen Dairy Farm) , Todd Tubergen (Tubergen Dairy Farm), Duane Molhoek (End Road Dairy) , Gordon Dick (Dick Haven Farms). Missing are Melissa Murray and Sean Quinn.


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Registration Open for the NMC 53rd Annual Meeting

Make your plans now to join us for the National Mastitis Council 53rd Annual Meeting, January 26-28, 2014, in Fort Worth, Texas.

The international conference will draw 400 people from around the world to network and share information relating to milking management, udder health, mastitis control, and milk quality.

[Read more here.]


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Nominations Open for the NMC Award of Excellence

Nominations are now being accepted for the National Mastitis Council Award of Excellence for Contribution to Mastitis Prevention and Control.

The award recognizes sustained contribution to mastitis prevention and control through research, extension or education, clinical practice, or service to producers. The award is open to active National Mastitis Council members from around the world.

Read more about the award and the requirements for nomination here. The submission deadline is November 15, 2013.


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Guidelines for Submitting a Poster for Presentation at the NMC Meeting Now Available

Submissions for the NMC Technology Transfer Session (TTS) are now being accepted. Held each year during the National Mastitis Council Annual Meeting, the TTS supplements the program by providing mastitis and milk quality information through the use of posters and one-on-one interaction.

TTS participants also have the option to submit their paper for consideration as an oral presentation during the Research and Development Summaries Session. This session offers the opportunity for graduate students and new researchers to be involved in the oral presentations at the NMC meeting.

The submission deadline is October 25, 2013. [more details here]


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