Register Now for National Mastitis Council Meeting

This year’s regional meeting is hosted by the Dairy Farmers of Ontario and Ontario Association of Bovine Practitioners on the beautiful University of Guelph campus in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. ( National Mastitis Council )

The National Mastitis Council Regional Meeting “early bird” registration deadline is Thursday, May 31. This year’s regional meeting is hosted by the Dairy Farmers of Ontario and Ontario Association of Bovine Practitioners on the beautiful University of Guelph campus in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

Here's a glimpse of what’s happening…

Wednesday, June 20

  • Short Courses
  • Overview on How to Monitor Udder Health Using DairyComp
  • Planning and Implementing a Robotic Milking Start Up
  • Basic Milking System Function
  • The Cows Speak to Us About Milking… Are You Listening?
  • A Systematic Approach of Using DairyComp to Troubleshoot Udder Health and Milk Quality Issues on the Farm
  • Becoming a Milking Time Super Sleuth: Evaluating Critical Control Points During Milking to Optimize Udder Health and Milk Quality
  • Advanced Milking System Evaluation and Slug Analysis

Additional opportunities

Tour the Livestock Research and Innovation Centre Dairy Facility in Elora

Evening banquet features Andrew Samis, a human physician with expertise in cardiovascular health. He will talk about the history of the myth that saturated fat (including butter) is bad for you.

Thursday, June 21

  • General Session
  • A Milk Processor’s Perspective On Animal Welfare and Link to Quality Milk
  • Embracing the Robot Uprising
  • When Our Robot Intelligence Becomes Artificial and Quality Becomes Theoretical
  • Bedding Management: How Are Bedding Characteristics Associated With Udder Health?
  • Compost and Manure Management Considerations for Dairy Production Systems
  • Antibiotic Use for Mastitis Under a Restricted Environment
  • Selective Dry Therapy – A Good Tool For The Mastitis Toolbox, If…
  • The Challenge of Changing the Mindset Toward Antimicrobial Use

Friday, June 22 (Dairy Farm Tours)

  • Dual Lane (Kloepfer Family)
  • 175 cows
  • 44 L (97 pounds)/cow/day
  • 88,000 SCC
  • New barn includes dry cow stalls, heifer stalls and calving pack
  • Sand-bedded stalls

Kelderview (Bart Op den Kelder and Family)

  • 175 cows
  • 37 L (81.5 pounds)/cow/day
  • 120,000 SCC
  • 3 milking robots
  • Deep-bedded stalls with mixture of straw, lime and water

Larenwood (Chris, Grant and Dan McLaren)

  • 110 cows
  • 13,925 kg (30,777 pounds) milk rolling herd average
  • 120,000 SCC
  • Earned highest Canadian DHIA management score (966) in 2016
  • Keys to success include comfortable cows, collaborative relationships and protocol adherence

Full details and registration information can be found here. Register by May 31 to take advantage of the lowest registration fees.

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