Meeting to take place January 31 – February 2, 2016, in Glendale, Arizona.

NMC Registration is now open for the National Mastitis Council (NMC) 55th Annual Meeting. The meeting, which draws milk quality professionals from around the world, will be held Jan. 31 – Feb. 2, 2016, at the Renaissance Hotel in Glendale, Ariz.

"We're excited to bring everyone together for several days of informative and educational works at our upcoming meeting in Glendale, surrounded by breathtaking views and horizons," says Dr. Sandra Godden, DVM, DVSc, professor at the University of Minnesota and 2016 NMC annual meeting program chair.

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.

Although the annual meeting will officially kick-off Sunday, Jan. 31, a new optional half-day farm tour is also available on Saturday, Jan. 30, for those who plan to arrive early. Sunday's meeting will begin with five specialized short courses. General sessions open on Monday, Feb. 1, and will run through Tuesday, Feb. 2. "Implementing, sustaining and communicating change – putting theory into practice," will be the featured symposium Tuesday afternoon. Five 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.

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.

A complete agenda and list of short courses can be found online at:

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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