Tuesday, January 28

Dairy Farm Tour
6:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
The tour features three dairies – Hart Acquisition, Green Meadows and Harmony Grove. The tour features three dairies – North Florida Holsteins, University of Florida Dairy Unit and Alliance Dairies and includes lunch. To sign up for the dairy farm tour, you must also register for the NMC Annual Meeting.

Short Courses (limited enrollment; pre-registration required)
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Course 1: The Human Side of Milk Quality: Taking Your Parlor Team to the Next Level (taught in Spanish)

6:00-9:00 p.m.
Course 2: Why and How to Perform a Complete NMC Airflow Analysis
Course 3a: Creating Cow Champions (Part 1) CANCELED
Course 4: The Bugs that Bug us (Lactococcus/Prototheca/Mycoplasma) This course is full. To be placed on a short course waiting list, please send an e-mail to:
Course 5: Investigating Teat Condition Health This course is full. To be placed on a short course waiting list, please send an e-mail to:

Wednesday, January 29

Board of Directors Meeting
7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Short Courses (limited enrollment; pre-registration required)
8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Course 3b: Creating Cow Champions (Part 2) CANCELED

8:00-11:00 a.m.
Course 6: Practical Mastitis Problem-solving Workshop This course is full. To be placed on a short course waiting list, please send an e-mail to:

8:00-11:00 a.m.
Course 7: Perform a Complete NMC Airflow Analysis (Features The Teaching Parlor)
Course 8: How to Implement LEAN Thinking to Motivate Employees Using Parlor Data This course is full. To be placed on a short course waiting list, please send an e-mail to:
Course 9: Economics of Mastitis
Course 10: Using Rapid Culture Systems to Guide Selective Treatment of Clinical Mastitis and at Dry‐off

12:30-3:30 p.m.
Course 11: Fear of Failure:  What to Expect and How to Know When Treatment Doesn’t Work This course is full. To be placed on a short course waiting list, please send an e-mail to:
Course 12: Dynamic Measurements – I have Gathered the Data… What Does it Tell me (Features the Teaching Parlor)
Sponsored by GEA This course is full. To be placed on a short course waiting list, please send an e-mail to:
Course 13: How to Improve Employee Engagement and Enhance Your Culture of Excellence
Course 14: Helping Clients Develop an Udder Health Management Strategies Using PCDART
Course 15: AMS Evaluation, Testing and KPI Factors for Automated Milking Systems This course is full. To be placed on a short course waiting list, please send an e-mail to:

Committee Meetings
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Research Committee
Milk Quality Monitoring Committee

5:00-6:00 p.m.
Membership and Advancement Committee
Machine Milking Committee

Silent Auction and Reception
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Join friends and colleagues from around the world for a silent auction, while enjoying light snacks and beverages. The silent auction is a fund-raiser to help support student and other educational and professional development programs. Be on the watch for a surprise visitor who will be handing scrumptious treats. This social event, sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim, is open to all attendees.

Thursday, January 30

Breakfast and Product Launch/Introduction
6:45-8:00 a.m.

Udderly Ridiculous 5K Fun Run/Walk
7:00-8:00 a.m.
Dust off your running/walking shoes, get some exercise and help support the NMC Scholars program. The cost is just $25 and includes a limited-edition T-shirt.

Committee Meetings 
8:15-9:45 a.m.
Teat Health Committee
International Committee
Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee

Technology Transfer Session (poster session)
Posters available for viewing all day.\

Opening Session

Welcome and Introduction to Program
10:00 a.m.
Sarne De Vliegher, Ghent University, Belgium

President’s Address
10:05 a.m.
Jason Lombard, National Animal Health Monitoring System, Fort Collins, Colorado

General Session 1: Innovation that Works
10:15 a.m.

Innovation in Prevention, Control and Detection of Mastitis
Ynte Schukken, GD Animal Health Service and Wageningen University, Netherlands

Discover the role that innovation plays in mastitis-related product development. Innovation is a successful combination of creativity and entrepreneurship. In recent years, truly innovative products in the field of mastitis diagnostics, treatment and prevention have reached the market. Learn about some of the products and partner relationships, along with a long-term view regarding udder health innovations.

General Session 2: Dairy Update from Around the World
11:00 a.m.
Dairy Update from Around the World

Jason Lombard, U.S. Department of Agriculture, USA; Hans Graber, Agroscope, Switzerland; Herman Barkema, University of Calgary, Canada; Peter Mansell, University of Melbourne, Australia; Marcos Munoz, Universidad de Concepcion, Chile; and Wenxue Wu, China Agricultural University.
Maybe it’s weather or maybe it’s cultural influences, but countries around the world face various challenges and opportunities when it comes to producing and marketing quality milk Discover the uniqueness and similarities of  udder health, milk quality and antimicrobial consumption from various parts of the globe.

Adjourn General Session 2
12:30 p.m.

Product Launch/Introduction and Lunch
12:15-1:45 p.m.

Sponsored by Zoetis

General Session 3: Mastitis Pathogens Revisited
2:00 p.m.

Mycoplasma spp.
Bart Pardon, Ghent University, Belgium

Worldwide Mycoplasma bovis is feared for outbreaks of unresponsive mastitis, but its importance for cattle production and welfare goes far beyond the udder. Despite the high prevalence in many countries, M. bovis is still depicted as an emerging pathogen. Molecular typing evidenced that M. bovis outbreaks are clonal and short lived, without evidence of persisting hot spots but with an increase in antimicrobial resistance in different countries. This presentation covers advances in diagnosis, therapy, control and prevention of M. bovis and demonstrates how an integrated approach of calf health and mastitis management maximizes the odds to remain or become M. bovis free.

Escherichia coli 
2:30 p.m.
Anja Sipka, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA

Escherichia coli is a major mastitis pathogen and a well-known cause of clinical mastitis in dairy cows. Although being described as generally self-limiting and transient, the infection causes substantial economic losses due to a dramatic reduction in milk yield, or in severe cases loss of the animal. The degree of inflammatory response is strongly determined by host factors, which adds another layer of complexity to disease management at the herd level. This presentation covers novel insights on characteristics of the microorganism, host-pathogen interaction, economics and strategies for prevention and management of E. coli mastitis.

3:00 p.m.

Staphylococcus aureus 
4:00 p.m.

Hans Graber, Agroscope, Switzerland

With the introduction of genotyping and other molecular biological methods, including whole genome sequence analysis, new and deep insights into Staphylococcus aureus as a bovine mastitis pathogen have been discovered. This allows users to solve old clinical problems caused by Staph. aureus. Only a few genotypes are contagious; the others infect single quarters of individual cows. The genotypes are highly host- and body site-specific and involved in different diseases – each requiring different measures. New insights enabled the development of a highly sensitive and genotype-specific PCR (polymerase chain reaction) assay. This test and on-farm measures were used to sanitize dairy herds infected with a contagious genotype – an impossible outcome in the past.

Non-aureus staphylococci
4:30 p.m.

Jeroen De Buck, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The role and impact of non-aureus staphylococci (NAS) on udder health are not entirely understood. Different species of NAS have different protective effects against other mastitis pathogens and have different effects on the mammary gland microbiome composition. They also differ in their pathogenicity, virulence, host adaptation and antimicrobial resistance profile. These factors are helping us understand if NAS species are interchangeable, specialized pathogens or perhaps act synergistically when they colonize or infect the mammary gland.

Streptococcus uberis
5:00 p.m.

Paolo Moroni, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA

Streptococcus uberis have been detected increasingly on dairy farms around the world, causes clinical and subclinical mastitis, and represents the leading mastitis-causing pathogen in the last decade. The dry period is the most critical period for cows to acquire a Strep. uberis infection. Besides teat orifices and teat canals, the pathogen has been found on tonsils, skin, oral cavity, rumen, respiratory tract and rectum. The presenter will share farm case reports that show control and prevention of Strep. uberis, demonstrating how bedding, milking routine and early diagnosis can help control the infection.

Adjourn General Session 3
5:30 p.m.

Research and Development Summaries Session (split session)
2:00-5:30 p.m.
Oral presentations of selected posters from the Technology Transfer Session will be featured in this session. Designed to highlight research and development projects from around the world, the session offers a unique opportunity for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research associates and new individuals in the field of mastitis and milk quality to be involved in oral presentations at the NMC Annual Meeting. This session is held concurrently with the general session. (Note: Presentation titles will be posted online in November.)

Short Courses
6:30-9:30 p.m.

Course 16: Cleaning the Milking System (Features The Teaching Parlor) This course is full. To be placed on a short course waiting list, please send an e-mail to:
Course 17: Milk Bugs Like It Raw: Basic Milk Bacteriology for Professionals
Course 18: The Veterinarian’s/Consultant’s Role in Milk Quality This course is full. To be placed on a short course waiting list, please send an e-mail to:

Friday, January 31

Breakfast and Product Launch/Introduction
6:45-8:00 a.m.
Sponsored by DeLaval International

Technology Transfer Session (poster session)
Posters available for viewing until 2:00 p.m.

General Session 4: Motivational Interviewing

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. #motivationalinterviewing

Why do We Care about Communications?
8:00 a.m.
Kristen Reyher, University of Bristol, UK

Achieving good mastitis management and responsible antimicrobial use rely on veterinarians advising and training farmers – placing veterinary interactions at the heart of knowledge exchange. Veterinarians recognize their influence but struggle with this in daily practice; many feel a need to enhance their advisory approach to influence farmer behavior. Understanding how veterinarian-farmer interactions influence change on farms is moving to the forefront of what we need to do to improve cow health and welfare.

What is motivational interviewing?
8:15 a.m.
Lynne Johnston, Halley Johnston Associates Ltd., UK

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a counseling style that has an impressive evidence base across a range of contexts. It is designed to enhance communication between practitioners and clients. A key message is to evoke (elicit) change-related statements and help clients resolve ambivalence in their decision-making process. This is done in an empathic and client-centered way. The ethos and style of MI, as well as the interpersonal processes at its heart, emphasize that it is not a set of clever communication tricks designed to manipulate or coerce a client into doing what you want them to do. The central process can be summarized as: “It’s not what you do. It’s the way you do it and that’s what gets results.” This session will explore how veterinarians/consultants/advisers can use MI to enhance the way they translate their knowledge and skills, via client-centered communication, to achieve meaningful change in client behavior.

Enhance Farmer Engagement in Advisory Interactions
8:40 a.m.
Kristen Reyher, University of Bristol, UK

Research indicates that veterinarians do not currently use MI skills competently, although some MI-consistent skills do occur spontaneously and, when they do, they are significantly associated with farmers’ perceptions of autonomy and collaboration. Feasibility testing of MI suggests that significant improvements in veterinary communication in the pursuit of change can be achieved with brief training in MI, which in turn enhances farmer engagement in advisory interactions.

Interactive Demonstration of MI-consistent Conversation
9:00 a.m.
Lynne Johnston, Halley Johnston Associates Ltd., UK

The use of an MI-consistent strategy, supported by specific micro-skills, will demonstrate how to evoke and strengthen change, while also reducing behavioral commitment to the status quo. This will be done through a real-life decision with specific relevance to the audience. The conversation will be specific to mastitis.

Using Motivational Interviewing in Practice and Using On-farm Diagnostics
9:20 a.m.
Rachel Hayton, Synergy Farm Health, UK

Through a real-life experience, learn how one veterinary practice offers mastitis services to its clients, using MI principles. The clinic’s veterinarians help farmers make correct mastitis treatment decisions using on-farm diagnostics.

10:00 a.m.

General Session 5: Science into Practice

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. #scienceintopractice

Controlling Contagious Mastitis
10:30 a.m.
Peter Edmondson, UdderWise UK

Contagious mastitis bacteria cause high somatic cell counts (SCC) and are mainly spread from cow to cow at milking time. This presentation will focus on four steps to successfully achieve a low herd SCC and key ways to minimize transfer of infection.

What Can the Data Tell Us?
11:00 a.m.
Sofie Piepers, Ghent University, Belgium

The key to success in mastitis management is not in the solutions but in the problem and its causes. After all, the range of solutions for improving udder health is the same for all dairy farms worldwide, but the actual problem and its causes often differ from farm to farm. If you really want to succeed in obtaining and maintaining good udder health on a dairy farm, it is important to first analyze the problem and find and offer the most effective, evidence-based solution for each farm-specific problem, based on facts and data. If not, only frustrations remain. Learn about some practical examples regarding how to use farm-specific data to find the most appropriate mastitis management solution.

Controlling Environmental Mastitis
11:30 a.m.
Peter Edmondson, UdderWise UK

Environmental bacteria mainly cause clinical mastitis and enter the udder during milking, between milkings and during the dry period. This presentation will describe the key steps to minimize environmental infections, especially during the dry period, and highlight how to assess areas of weakness in individual herds.

What can the milking time assessment tell us?
12:00 p.m.
Ian Ohnstad, The Dairy Group, UK

This presentation will focus on examining the interaction among the cow, the operator and the milking machine to achieve efficient and quality milk harvesting. Using a combination of simple cowside tests, visual observations and some basic physical measurements, gain a better understanding of what the milking machine is telling us about the milk harvesting process.

Adjourn General Session 5
12:30 p.m.

Awards Luncheon and Program
12:35-2:00 p.m.
Open to all registrants, the luncheon includes the National Dairy Quality Awards, NMC Award of Excellence for Contribution to Mastitis Prevention and Control, NMC Scholars presentations and NMC business meeting.

Board of Directors Gathering
2:30-4:30 p.m.