NEW PRAGUE, Minn. — More than 100 milk quality professionals from the United States and Canada, representing 14 states and two provinces, respectively, attended the National Mastitis Council (NMC) Regional Meeting, held July 12-14, in East Lansing, Mich. The forum attracted dairy processors, veterinarians, dairy producers, researchers, milking equipment dealers, dairy suppliers and students.
“Michigan stands out as a state that is synonymous with quality milk production,” said Christy Dinsmoore of Michigan Milk Producers Association and the 2022 regional meeting program chair. “Each year, about half of NMC’s National Dairy Quality Award winners produce milk in the state of Michigan. We’re grateful for the opportunity to showcase Michigan’s commitment to milk production excellence – from farm gate to consumer plate.”
The NMC Regional Meeting – organized under the theme Gaining a Competitive Edge – showcased a variety of topics, including farm profitability, bovine mastitis, robotic milking systems, employee management, processors’ milk quality needs and consumers’ dairy product wants. Additionally, some attendees participated in specialized short courses that addressed milking system evaluations, labor development and retention, automated milk systems’ pitfalls and opportunities, mastitis prevention, treatment and control, and milking parlor efficiency. Furthermore, some participants toured CentralStar Cooperative’s laboratory in Grand Ledge, Mich.; Crandall Farms, located near Battle Creek, Mich.; and Moo-ville Creamery, Nashville, Mich.
NMC thanks its regional meeting sponsors who contributed to the program’s success. Gold sponsors included Alltech, BouMatic, Diamond V, GEA, Lely and Michigan Milk Producers Association. The Silver sponsors were Adisseo, Boehringer Ingelheim, Central Star Cooperative, Inc. and Zinpro.
The National Mastitis Council 62nd Annual Meeting is scheduled for Jan. 30-Feb. 2, 2023, in Atlanta. Next year’s NMC Regional Meeting is tentatively set for the first week of May in Tulare, Calif.
National Mastitis Council 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 about 1,000 members in more than 40 countries throughout the world.
— National Mastitis Council