Verona, Wis. [February 11, 2013] — More than 420 milk quality, mastitis and udder health researchers, dairy producers and dairy industry partners attended the 52nd National Mastitis Council (NMC) Annual Meeting held Jan. 27-29, in San Diego, Calif. The event upheld its tradition of offering a platform for international discussion and sharing research on milk quality innovation and expertise.
As in the past, the 2013 event continued to hold global appeal. In addition to a large contingency of U.S. representation, approximately 28 percent of the 2013 attendees represented 24 different countries other than the United States.
“The NMC Annual Meeting continues to uphold its reputation of being a global exchange of information,” says Dr. David Reid, NMC president and owner of Rocky Ridge Dairy Consulting in Wisconsin. “This meeting of international industry members helps the dairy industry move forward in mastitis detection and control, udder health and quality milk production.”
Discussions at this year’s meeting included dairy stockmanship, antimicrobial use and opportunities to improve residue avoidance efforts. Additional topics of discussion covered milk quality from around the world, whether somatic cell counts can fall too low and understanding the interactions between teats and liners during the milking process. In addition to these sessions, attendees had the opportunity to take nine different short courses with more than 230 people enrolled in the additional learning opportunities.
Rounding out this year’s agenda was a technology transfer session where researchers shared cutting edge information and solutions for the future of mastitis control. Sixty-five posters were presented for review and knowledge sharing.
All of the sessions offered attendees an opportunity to network, discuss global milk quality challenges and share valuable experiences with others who are interested in quality milk production. Participants at this year’s meeting also had the opportunity to earn continuing education credits.
“The networking and educational opportunities at the NMC Annual Meeting encourage our members to work towards even greater milk quality and provides tools to help them meet those goals,” says Reid. “Another highlight of our meeting are the awards presented to our members who excel in quality milk production and research.”
The National Dairy Quality Award winners, NMC scholars and the NMC Award of Excellence for Mastitis Prevention and Control were recognized during an awards luncheon on Jan. 29.