The 2014 NMC Award of Excellence for Contribution to Mastitis Prevention and Control was awarded to Tom Herremans from IBA Inc. This award, in its third 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 seventh 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 Anneleen De Visscher, Ghent University, Belgium; Paige Gott, The Ohio State University, Ohio; Aine O'Connell, University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin; and Nicole Steele, Massey University, New Zealand. 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 “Minute to Win It” fundraising event was hosted at the annual meeting. About $2,000 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, Inc., DeLaval Inc., GEA Farm Technologies, Inc. and Zoetis. Platinum sponsors were Central Life Sciences, Ecolab, Inc., Elanco Animal Health, IBA Inc., Land O’Lakes, Inc. and Lauren AgriSystems, Ltd. Gold sponsors included A & L Laboratories, Inc., Advanced Animal Diagnostics, Inc., Alltech, BouMatic, Foremost Farms USA and Hypred. Silver sponsors were ABS Global, Inc., Ambic Equipment Limited, Dairy Farmers of America, Fight Bac / Deep Valley Farm, Inc., Grande Cheese, ImmuCell Corporation, McLanahan Corporation, Merial Ltd., Merck Animal Health and Udder Tech, Inc. Sponsoring this year’s milk break was Oak Farms Dairy.
The 54th NMC Annual Meeting is set for Feb. 1-3, 2015 in Memphis, Tenn. For additional information, go to: www.nmconline.org.