NMC Publishes Current Concepts of Bovine Mastitis 5th Edition

Book serves as the dairy industry’s primary mastitis reference

There is a new edition of the primary bovine mastitis reference for dairy producers now available. The fifth edition of Current Concepts of Bovine Mastitis from the National Mastitis Council is an 80-page book for dairy producers, veterinarians, educators, sanitarians, field personnel and consumers. It discusses the basic theories of mastitis control, with updates based on new knowledge gained and technologies developed since the last edition. Previous editions were published in 1963, 1978 and 1987. It was last updated in 1998.

In all five editions, NMC included an illustration that shows the interactions among the many agents that can cause mastitis, the host (cow) and the environment. The importance of this interaction is reflected in the fact that the practical control of mastitis is either accomplished by reducing the exposure of the mammary gland to mastitis-causing agents or enhancing the resistance of the cow to the disease.

CCBMcoverCurrent Concepts of Bovine Mastitis includes information, photographs and illustrations, regarding intramammary pathogen sources and transmission, the course of mastitis and mastitis control and treatment methods. In addition, it contains the latest practices to help milk quality professionals prevent, control and treat mastitis. The book also includes a glossary and index.

To order the book, which costs $29.95 for NMC members and $34.95 for non-members, plus shipping, download the order form, mail, fax or e-mail your order to: National Mastitis Council, PO Box 156, New Prague, MN 56071 USA, fax: (952) 758-5813, e-mail: den@nmconline.org.

Writing committee members for the fifth edition of Current Concepts of Bovine Mastitis included Elizabeth A. Berry, Animax, Hereford, United Kingdom; J. Eric Hillerton, Drumlanrig, Cambridge, New Zealand; Henk Hogeveen, Wageningen University & Research Center, Wageningen, Netherlands; Joseph S. Hogan, The Ohio State University, Wooster, Ohio; Stephen C. Nickerson, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.; Stephen P. Oliver, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.; Gina M. Pighetti, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.; Paul Rapnicki, Elanco Animal Health, Greenfield, Ind.; Ynte H. Schukken, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.; and K. Larry Smith, The Ohio State University, Wooster, Ohio.

Current Concepts of Bovine Mastitis was NMC’s first publication. Thousands of copies have been distributed around the world.

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Industry experts address food transparency at NMC conference

Specialized courses offer hands-on learning

Nearly 200 milk quality professionals from three countries and 18 states attended the National Mastitis Council (NMC) Regional Meeting, held June 29-30 in Appleton, Wis. The forum attracted dairy processors, veterinarians, dairy producers, researchers, milking equipment dealers, dairy suppliers and students.

“America’s Dairyland is home to numerous milk quality experts and high quality milk producers. We showcased these industry leaders during the regional meeting,” said Keith Engel, a 2016 program co-chair and NMC board member. “The engagement and enthusiasm to produce and market quality milk was incredible.”

Attendees participated in a variety of specialized short courses that addressed milking system evaluations, on-farm milk culturing, employee training, analyzing dairy herd health records, designing dairy barns, monitoring milk quality counts and evaluating teat-end conditions. Numerous participants praised NMC and the short course instructors for providing the hands-on learning workshops.

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Additionally, some registrants visited three dairy farms – Brickstead Dairy, Greenleaf; Shiloh Dairy, Brillion; and Grand View Dairy, Brillion. A highly productive herd housed on sand in a naturally ventilated barn, Brickstead Dairy’s beginnings trace back to the mid-1800s. Canada’s milk quota system hampered business expansion, so Gordon and Cathy Speirs of Shiloh Dairy relocated and now milk 2,100 cows. Grand View Dairy, in the Schmidt family since 1917, uses composted solids for cattle bedding and a bedding recovery unit.

To kick off the general session, Jack Harkins of the Harkins Leadership Development Corporation, Portage, Wis., helped attendees understand what great organizations do right. He also shared common mistakes that leaders and organizations make – encouraging attendees to not repeat these errors.

Other speakers addressed responsible antibiotic use, selective dry cow therapy, market cow food safety, stockmanship and consumer expectations. The food marketing panelists noted that consumers previously purchased food based on taste, price and convenience. Today, consumers also want transparency and health/wellness.

NMC thanks its regional meeting sponsors who contributed to the program’s success. The Premier sponsor was Zoetis and the Platinum sponsor was Ecolab. Gold sponsors included Elanco Animal Health, Foremost Farms USA, GEA Farm Technologies, Inc. and Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin. Silver sponsors included Agropur Cheese, Alltech, Christian Hill Dairy, Mayville Animal Clinic and PortaCheck. Other sponsors included Grande Cheese, Dean Foods and Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.

The National Mastitis Council 56th Annual Meeting is scheduled for Jan. 29-31, 2017, in St. Pete Beach, Fla. Next year’s NMC Regional Meeting will be held June 28-29, in Boise, Idaho.

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Graduate Students: Apply for the NMC Scholars Program

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


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2016 Regional Meeting – June 29-30 – Appleton, Wisconsin

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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.



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Short Courses

Farm Tour

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For more information, call 952-758-2146 or e-mail: kristy@nmconline.org.


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Berry, Kelton join NMC board of directors

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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


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National Dairy Quality Award Recipients Recognized During NMC 54th Annual Meeting

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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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Registration Open for NMC 55th Annual Meeting

Register now for the upcoming National Mastitis Council 55th Annual Meeting, scheduled for January 31 – February 2, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona (Phoenix area).  The conference will draw about 400 attendees from around the world who share a common interest in udder health, milk quality, and milking management.

The meeting officially begins on Sunday, January 31.   The program includes short courses, general sessions, and a poster session. A pre-conference farm tour will be held on Saturday, January 30.

Get complete details here.


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NMC Award of Excellence Nominations Open

Nominations are 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 the global National Mastitis Council membership.  Individuals must be an active NMC member in good standing at the time of nomination, spent significant time and effort in the area of mastitis prevention and control, and promoted the goals of the NMC.

Read more about the award and the specific requirements for nomination here. The submission deadline is November 16, 2015.

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Guidelines for Poster Session Submissions

Guidelines and instructions for submitting manuscripts for presentation during the Technology Transfer Session (TTS) are now available.  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 NMC 55th Annual Meeting will be held January 31 – February 2, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.

The TTS submission deadline is October 23, 2015. [details here]

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Mark Your Calendars for the NMC 55th Annual Meeting

Time to start thinking about the upcoming National Mastitis Council 55th Annual Meeting, scheduled for January 31 – February 2, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona (Phoenix area). The conference will provide milk quality professionals the opportunity to network and exchange information relating to udder health, milking management and milk quality. Around 400 individuals from around the world are expected to attend.

Continuing education opportunities include specialized short courses, general sessions, and a poster session. A pre-conference farm tour is also planned.

Everyone with an interest in quality milk production — veterinarians, milk plant field staff, equipment and animal health suppliers, dairy producers, milk quality consultants, university researchers, extension specialists and students — is invited to attend and exchange ideas.

General meeting information can be found here.  Program and registration details will be posted in the upcoming weeks.

Information on submitting posters for the Technology Transfer Session is available here.  The deadline for submissions is October 23, 2015.

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