Meeting Overview


The National Mastitis Council 57th Annual Meeting will be held Jan. 30 through Feb. 2, 2018, at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Resort. Situated on 80 acres, the property captures the southwestern sun and lies adjacent to Catalina State Park and Coronado National Forest, which feature equestrian, birding and hiking trails. Hotel rooms feature views of the city, mountains and desert.

NMC’s annual meeting is designed for all individuals interested in mastitis control, quality milk production and udder health. Attendees come from around the world and include veterinarians, dairy producers, researchers, extension specialists, industry suppliers, dairy processor field representatives, regulatory officials, teachers and students. The meeting features world-renowned presenters who will address a variety of milk quality production principles and offer hands-on strategies to improve udder health.



Meeting Registration – Early bird closes on January 6, online registration ends January 19.  

Book Your Hotel – The NMC preferred rate room block is $199 per night plus tax.  All reservations are subject to availability and show be received by January 6, 2018.


Schedule at a Glance






















Committee Meetings

NMC committees meet Wednesday afternoon (January 31) and Thursday and Friday mornings (February 1 and 2). Registered attendees are encouraged to attend. Voting is limited to committee members and projects are generally assigned to committee members. Committees that will meet include: Milk Quality Monitoring, Membership, Machine Milking, International, Teat Health and Research.


Open Discussion Groups

The Residue Avoidance Open Discussion Group will be held on Thursday morning (February 1). First implemented in 2013, the objective is to facilitate discussion and information exchange. Unlike a typical committee, there are no “members” appointed to the discussion group. Instead, the discussion group is open and everyone is welcome to actively participate. Any actions or projects that result will be assigned to a working group, which will function until the project is complete. Specific issues to be discussed will be posted online and provided at the conference.


Short Courses

Thirteen limited-enrollment short courses will be held on Wednesday afternoon and evening (January 31), and Friday evening (February 2). An extra registration fee is required for each short course.


General Sessions

The Opening Session begins at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 30. Monday afternoon features two concurrent sessions, offering more options for meeting registrants. Presentations continue through Tuesday, January 31.


Featured Symposium

Blanket Versus Selective Dry Cow Therapy – Who’s Ready? is the theme for the symposium scheduled for Friday afternoon. The symposium is open to all registered attendees at no charge.


Technology Transfer Session (poster session)

The Technology Transfer Session, featuring a poster session on mastitis control and milk quality, will be held on Thursday and Friday, February 1 and 2. Posters will be available for viewing all day.


Research and Development Summaries Session

Selected posters from the Technology Transfer Session will be presented Thursday afternoon, February 1, in an oral session (held concurrently with the general session).


Udderly Ridiculous 5K Fun Run/Walk

For the first time in NMC history, the annual meeting includes a 5K Fun Run/Walk. This fundraiser supports the NMC Scholars program. For just $25, you can burn some calories, chat with a friend, support this worthy cause and receive a T-shirt.


Silent Auction and Reception

A silent auction headlines Thursday evening, along with an informal “meet and greet.” Auction proceeds fund NMC professional development efforts, including the NMC Scholars program. With a minimum of $50 cash, NMC staff will create an auction item on your behalf. The donation form is available on the meeting website.



The annual awards and business luncheon will be held at noon on Friday, February 2. Help honor the recipients of the National Dairy Quality Awards, NMC Award of Excellence for Contribution to Mastitis Prevention and Control, and the NMC Scholars. The luncheon is open to all registrants as part of the registration fee.



Papers presented during the general sessions, featured symposium, poster session and the research and development summaries session will be published in the Annual Meeting Proceedings and made available in the NMC Online Proceedings Library. Printed copies are available for an additional charge.


Continuing Education Credits

RACE (Registry of Approved Continuing Education through the American Association of Veterinary State Boards), ARPAS (American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists) and Dairy AdvanCE (created by Professional Dairy Producers) continuing education credits are available for the NMC Annual Meeting. Check the annual meeting website for more information.



Discounted pre-registration fees are $350 for NMC members and $515 for non-members. Student registration fees are $105 (members) and $130 (non-members). Non-members are automatically signed up as a new NMC member for one year. Registration includes two continental breakfasts, awards luncheon, Thursday evening reception, coffee/milk breaks and a discount on the printed version of the annual meeting proceedings. Register by January 6, 2018, to get the discounted registration fees. The final day to pre-register is January 19.  REGISTER TODAY!


Booking Your Hotel
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