Verona, Wis. — Registration is now open for the National Mastitis Council (NMC) 54th Annual Meeting. The meeting, which draws milk quality professionals from around the world, will be held February 1-3, 2015 at the historic Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn.

“Memphis, Tenn. is ‘home of the blues and birthplace of rock ‘n roll’ and will be the backdrop for the upcoming annual meeting,” says Gary Neubauer, senior manager, dairy technical services at Zoetis and 2015 NMC Annual Meeting Program Chairman.

This three-day event will highlight the latest advancements in milk quality and mastitis control from around the globe. Milk quality specialists, veterinarians, milk plant field staff, dairy suppliers, dairy producers, university researchers, extension specialists and students are all invited to attend.

The annual meeting will kick-off Sunday, February 1 with six specialized short courses. General sessions open on Monday, February 2 and will run through Tuesday, February 3. “Milk Quality: What the Market Needs, Wants, Demands,” will be the featured symposium Tuesday afternoon. Four additional short courses will be offered Tuesday evening. Rounding out the educational opportunities will be the Technology Transfer Session (poster session) held on Monday and Tuesday.

“This year’s program is focused on the systems approach to milk quality encompassing the people, the equipment and the environment,” notes Neubauer. “Our goal is for anyone who attends the meeting to take home practical ideas that they can implement immediately in the field or on the farm.”

Other highlights of the upcoming meeting include recognizing the National Dairy Quality Award winners and the recipient of the NMC Award of Excellence for Mastitis Prevention and Control, as well as introducing the NMC Scholars.

The complete agenda and list of short courses can be found online at: http://nmconline.org/annualmeet/2015/.

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 close to 1,500 members in more than 40 countries throughout the world.

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