Sept. 8 2022 10:29 AM

Award recognizes members who make contributions to udder health, milk quality

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The National Mastitis Council (NMC) opened nominations for its coveted Award of Excellence for Contribution to Mastitis Prevention and Control. This award honors an NMC member who has provided sustained contributions to mastitis prevention and control through research, extension and/or education, clinical practice or service to dairy producers. The award will not be given posthumously.

Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, the award carries a cash honorarium and travel stipend to attend the National Mastitis Council 62nd Annual Meeting, Jan. 30-Feb. 2, Atlanta, where the award will be presented.

To nominate an individual, complete the nomination form, which can be found at: In addition to the completed form, submit at least two letters of support. These letters should describe how the nominee has met award criteria, including time in the dairy industry, positions held, major contributions to mastitis prevention and milk quality, research, publications, leadership roles, participation in NMC activities and industry involvement. Also, include the nominee’s CV (curriculum vitae) and/or resume. Nominations close Oct. 31.

Previous Award of Excellence recipients include Ken Leslie, University of Guelph; K. Larry Smith, Ohio State University; the late Tom Herremans, Michigan Milk Producers Association; Larry Fox, Washington State University; Anne Saeman, National Mastitis Council; Robert Harmon, University of Kentucky; Joseph Hogan, Ohio State University; Andrew Johnson, Grande Cheese Company; J. Eric Hillerton, Drumlanrig, Massey University and Journal of Dairy Research; Gary Neubauer, Zoetis; and David Reid, Rocky Ridge Dairy Consulting, LLC.

National Mastitis Council 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. For more information, go to: