Receiving top recognition in the National Dairy Quality Awards were: Beattie Farms of Holton, Mich., Tollgate Farm of Ancramdale, N.Y., Dellar Dairy of Harrisville, Mich., Circle K Farms of West Branch, Mich., Michigan State University Dairy Field Lab in Lansing, Mich., and True Farms of Perry, N.Y. Judges select top dairy producers to receive this honor based on quality milk production indicators, such as somatic cell count, bacteria count and mastitis incidence, along with milking routine, systems of monitoring udder health, treatment protocols and strategies for overall herd health and welfare. There were nearly 200 applications submitted for judging in 2012.
The 2013 Award of Excellence for Mastitis Prevention and Control was awarded to Dr. K. Larry Smith, professor emeritus at The Ohio State University. This award, in its second year, is sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., and recognizes an NMC member for sustained contribution to mastitis prevention and control through research, extension or education, clinical practice or service to producers.
For the sixth consecutive year, the National Mastitis Research Foundation (NMRF) awarded travel scholarships to four outstanding graduate students to attend the NMC Annual Meeting. This year’s NMC Scholars were Peter Down, University of Nottingham; Pamela Fry, University of Missouri-Columbia; Felipe de Freitas Guimarães, São Paulo State University; and Di Liang, University of Kentucky. NMRF initiated the NMC Scholars program to support the development of mastitis research and milk quality professionals from around the world.
To support the NMC Scholars Program and the work of the NMRF, a team trivia fundraising event was hosted at the annual meeting. More than $3,000 was raised for the NMRF and will be used to host future graduate students as the council continues to grow.
NMC thanks its annual meeting sponsors who contributed to the program’s success. Diamond sponsors were Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica and Pfizer Animal Health. Platinum sponsors were DeLaval/West Agro, Ecolab, Elanco Animal Health, GEA Farm Technologies, IBA Inc., Land O'Lakes, Inc., Lauren Agrisystems and Merck Animal Health. Gold sponsors included A & L Laboratories, Advanced Animal Diagnostics, Alltech, Central Life Sciences and Hypred, SA. Silver sponsors were ABS Global, Ambic Equipment Ltd, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, BouMatic, Capitol Plastic Products, Dairy Farmers of America, Fight Bac/Deep Valley Farm, Foremost Farms USA and Grande Cheese. Sponsoring this year’s milk break were Alta Dena and Unilever.
The 53rd NMC Annual Meeting is set for Jan. 26-28, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas. For additional information, go to: www.nmconline.org.