NMC publishes commemorative book

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Verona, Wis. (August 1, 2012) — The National Mastitis Council announces the release of its commemorative book. The commemorative book is a collection of the past 50 years of mastitis control, milk quality, the history of the National Mastitis Council, personal recollections from current and past members as well as a look at what the future of milk quality holds.

“Through the years NMC has grown from humble beginnings into an organization of internationally recognized experts in the field of milk quality,” says Sheila Andrew, president of NMC. “As you read this historical tribute, we hope it reminds you of the great strides in mastitis research, the importance of the original five-point plan and how NMC has been successful in providing current, science-based educational information to generations of dairy producers and their consultants for more than 50 years.”

Special thanks are given to everyone who contributed to this book, including past presidents, members, staff, sponsors and industry publications. Sponsors include: A&L Laboratories, Inc., Alltech, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., BouMatic, DairyBusiness Communications, Dairy Farmers of America, Inc., Dairy Herd Management, Dairy Today, DeLaval, Inc., Ecolab Inc., Elanco Animal Health, Filament Marketing, GEA Farm Technologies, Inc., Hoard’s Dairyman, IDEXX Laboratories, Land O'Lakes, Inc., Lauren AgriSystems, Pfizer Animal Health and Progressive Dairyman.

To view a copy of the commemorative booklet visit:  http://bit.ly/MXkO46.

NMC is a professional organization devoted to reducing mastitis and enhancing milk quality. NMC promotes research and provides information to the dairy industry on udder health, milking management, milk quality and milk safety. Founded in 1961, NMC has close to 1,500 members in more than 40 countries throughout the world.

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Bill Gehm    
9502 Rt 79 Lisle, NY USA  |  August, 28, 2012 at 06:00 PM

One interesting fact and data point not noted in the book is that the US replacement rate started rising and has consistently continued to rise since introduction of the 5 Point Plan. A plot of this data can be found at www.Facebook.com/CoPulsation based on data from the USDA NASS site. This strongly suggests that the result of attempting to address mastitis via the 5 Point Plan has come at the cost of a high slaugter rate that now leaves US farms consisting of primarly 1st and 2nd calf heifers with sexed semen now driving the replacement rate above 50%. Another interesting fact is that the many years of research failed to account for the discovery and research by Dr. Derek Forbes of the UK whose data proves that the pinching action of a liner in a conventional milking machine physically forces bacteria up the teat canal into the sinus to cause new infections. His research can be found at http://www.copulsation.com/mastitis_conference.htm. These facts and data demonstrate that although a bacteria causes mastitis it is the physical action of the core fo the milking system that creates the environment and action to cause the new infections. A study published by L. Fox in the JDS disclosed the fact that his WSU herd experienced a large outbreak of Staph aureus in spite of having followed all recognized protocols. This fully supports the research by Forbes and Cornell University showing that the pinching action of conventional pulsation effectively causes mastitis. The continued failure to recogize this issue combined with the severe US drought and high slaughter rates add up to a potential disaster in the US dairy industry in the months to come.

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