2014 NMC Regional Meeting Proceedings Can Be Accessed Online

All of the papers and posters presented at the National Mastitis Council Regional Meeting, held August 4-6, in Ghent, Belgium, are available in the NMC Online Proceedings Library.

The NMC Online Proceedings Library includes papers from all of the NMC annual and regional meetings back to 2001.  Hundreds of papers are available for viewing and download.

Access to the online library is limited to NMC members, via the “members only” section of the NMC website.

Not a member yet? Check out all the benefits here:
http://nmconline.org/membership.html

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Nominations Open for the National Dairy Quality Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the National Dairy Quality Awards. Open to dairy producers in the US, the goal of the program is to honor producers from across the country who place a high priority on quality milk production.

Read more about the program here. Nominations are due September 2, 2014.

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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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