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.
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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.
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]
If you are interested in presenting a poster at the 2014 NMC Technology Transfer Session (TTS) …. details will be posted soon on the NMC website.
The TTS is held each year during the NMC Annual Meeting. The goal of the TTS is to share research data and teach fundamental principles of products, technologies, and services that have application in mastitis control and quality milk production. Individuals are invited to submit a two-page paper summarizing the information presented. Accepted papers will be published in the NMC Annual Meeting Proceedings. The submission deadline is October 25, 2013.
The NMC 53rd Annual Meeting will be held January 26-28, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas. Details will be posted on the NMC website as they become available.
Do you know a dairy producer who deserves to be recognized for producing high quality milk?
Now in its 20th year, the National Dairy Quality Awards program honors dairy farmers from across the United States for their commitment to milk quality.
The deadline for nominations is September 1, 2013. [Read more here!]
Applications are now being accepted for the National Mastitis Council Scholars Program. The program provides travel scholarships for graduate students to attend the upcoming NMC 53rd Annual Meeting, January 26-28, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas.
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.
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.
The application deadline is July 31, 2013. [more details]
Make your plans now to join us in for the NMC Regional Meeting in Portland, Maine. This coastal city will be a great summer venue for the two-day NMC conference which features a day of short courses followed by the main general-session program.
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Somatic cell count (SCC) in Dairy Herd Improvement (DHI) herds enrolled in SCC testing in the United States averaged 200,000 cells/ml in 2012, which was less than the 217,000 average during 2011. This compares to 228,000 in 2010 and 233,000 in 2009. National average test-day herd SCC has declined every year since 2005, and every year except one since 2001.
The current federal SCC regulatory limit in the US is 750,000. In many other major dairy countries, the SCC limit is 400,000.
The overall percentage of herd test days that exceeded 400,000, 500,000, 600,000, and 750,000 during 2012 were 12.0%, 6.1%, 3.3% and 1.5%, respectively, which was lower for all levels than during 2011. The 1.5% of 2012 DHI herd test days that were higher than the present legal limit for bulk tank SCC in the US may overestimate the percentage of herds that shipped milk exceeding the legal limit because milk of cows treated for mastitis is excluded from the bulk tank even though included in DHI test data. The percentage of herd test-days that exceeded the legal limit also would have been higher than the percentage of herds that were rejected from the market because market exclusion only occurs after repeated violations.
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Mark you calendars! This summer’s National Mastitis Council Regional Meeting is scheduled for July 23-24, 2013 in Portland, Maine.
The first day of the conference will include specialized, interactive short courses, and the second day will feature a general session with a variety of topics related to udder health, milking management, and quality milk production.
Watch this site for updates as program details become available.
Dr. K. Larry Smith, Emeritus Professor at The Ohio State University, is this year’s recipient of the National Mastitis Council Award of Excellence for Mastitis Prevention and Control. 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]
Larry Smith (right) received the NMC award of excellence during the NMC 52nd annual meeting. Shown presenting the award is Joe Hogan (left).