Milk quality experts from the Northwest invite you to attend this year’s National Mastitis Council (NMC) Regional Meeting July 19-20 at The Grove Hotel in Boise, Idaho. July 19 features a variety of interactive short courses and dairy farm and meat packing plant tours. On July 20 during the general session, presenters will address milk quality as it relates to parlor throughput, automatic milking systems, organic dairy production, contagious mastitis and beef carcass quality.

“The overall aim of the regional meeting is to help dairy producers produce and market higher quality milk,” said Allan Britten of Udder Health Systems, Meridian, ID, and chair of this year’s regional meeting.  “Five years ago, Idaho and Washington lowered their maximum somatic cell count limit to 400,000 cells/ml for farm milk shipments. State dairy leaders had a strong and visionary milk quality improvement plan. We want to show other dairy producers and their consultants that this milk quality level is achievable and the right thing to do.”

This year’s regional meeting program is targeted toward mastitis/milk quality specialists, dairy producers and their employees, veterinarians, researchers, extension specialists and students who have an interest in high quality milk production. NMC is a Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) provider. Thus, veterinarians attending the meeting can earn continuing education (CE) credits. Additionally, conference attendees can earn American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) CE credits.

Watch the NMC website – www.nmconline.org – for program updates and registration information. For more information about The Grove Hotel, visit www.grovehotelboise.com.

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 about 1,000 members in more than 40 countries throughout the world.