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.



Meeting Website

Short Courses

Farm Tour

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For more information, call 952-758-2146 or e-mail:


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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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National Dairy Quality Award Nominations Open

NDQA logoNominations 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 1, 2015.

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NMC Regional Meeting Papers Added to Online Proceedings Library

Papers presented during the general session at this year’s National Mastitis Council Regional Meeting, held July 28-29, 2015 in Syracuse, New York are available in the NMC Online Proceedings Library.

The NMC Online Proceedings Library includes papers from all of the NMC annual and regional meetings since 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:

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