Meeting Overview

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For information on the 2016 Regional Meeting in Appleton, Wisconsin, please visit that site.


Committee Meetings
NMC committees meet Sunday afternoon (January 31), and Monday and Tuesday mornings
(February 1 & 2). Individuals are encouraged to attend the meetings, which are open to all registered attendees. Voting is limited to committee members, and projects are generally assigned to committee members. Committees that will meet include: Milk Quality Monitoring, Membership and Marketing, Teat Health, and Research.

Open Discussion Groups
Open Discussion Groups are relatively new to NMC meetings, and will be held on Sunday afternoon (January 31) and Monday and Tuesday mornings (February 1 & 2). First implemented in 2013, the objective of these groups is to facilitate discussion and information exchange in areas of special interest among meeting registrants. Unlike a typical committee, there are not “members” appointed to the discussion groups. Instead, the discussion groups are 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. There are currently three open discussion groups: Machine Milking, Residue Avoidance, and International Topics. Specific issues to be discussed will be posted online and provided at the conference. Registered attendees are encouraged to suggest discussion topics in advance by sending them to

Farm Tour
On Saturday (January 30), enjoy a half-day of tours, featuring four dairy farms that utilize various techniques and styles of equipment to successfully manage milk quality and udder health. An additional registration fee is required for this event.

Short Courses
Ten limited-enrollment short courses will be held on Sunday afternoon/evening, and Tuesday evening (January 31 & February 2). An extra registration fee is required for the short courses.

General Sessions
The Opening Session begins at 10 am on Monday, February 1. Monday afternoon features two concurrent sessions, offering more options for meeting registrants. Presentations continue through Tuesday, February 2.

Featured Symposium
Implementing, Sustaining and Communicating Change – Putting Theory into Practice is the theme for a symposium scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, February 2. The symposium is open to all registered attendees (no additional registration fee).

Technology Transfer Session (poster session)
The Technology Transfer Session, featuring a poster session on mastitis control and milk quality, will be held on Monday and Tuesday, February 1 & 2. Posters will be available for viewing all day, with authors present at specified times during the day.

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

Banquet for Anne Saeman Monday Night
The meeting’s main social activity this year will be a banquet Monday evening in honor of our previous Executive Director Anne Saeman. Help us celebrate Anne’s many contributions to the National Mastitis Council by attending this event, which is open to all attendees at no additional charge.

The annual luncheon will be held at noon on Tuesday. Visit with colleagues and help honor the recipients of the National Dairy Quality Awards, the NMC Award of Excellence for Contribution to Mastitis Prevention and Control, and the NMC Scholars. The luncheon is open to all registrants at no charge.

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 of the proceedings will be available to attendees for an additional charge. Members who do not attend the meeting can purchase a copy of the proceedings after the meeting, or access the proceedings online.

Continuing Education Credits
CE credits are available for the NMC meeting. Check the annual meeting website for more

Discounted pre-registration fees are $325 for NMC members and $475 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. (Please note that the registration fee for current NMC members does not include annual dues.) Registration includes two continental breakfasts, the awards luncheon, Anne’s banquet, coffee/milk breaks and a discount on the printed version of the annual meeting proceedings. Register by January 8 to get the discounted registration fees. The final day to pre-register is January 21.

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