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A global organization for mastitis control and milk quality 421 S. Nine Mound Rd. Verona, WI USA Joint NMC Regional Meeting and MAC Conference May 27-28, 2009 Woodlands Inn and Resort Wilkes-Barre,
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A global organization for mastitis control and milk quality 421 S. Nine Mound Rd. Verona, WI USA Joint NMC Regional Meeting and MAC Conference May 27-28, 2009 Woodlands Inn and Resort Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania About the Conference Each year, the NMC holds a regional meeting to disseminate information on practical, on-farm aspects of udder health, mastitis control, milking management and milk quality. The Mid-Atlantic Consortium (MAC) has been conducting an in-service training and education program since 1998 for county dairy extension agents and campus dairy extension specialists throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Table of Contents About the Conference 2 Program/Schedule 4 Location and Accommodations 7 Registration Form 8 How to Get There 10 More About the Wilkes-Barre Area 11 Short Course Information 12 This year, NMC and MAC will team up to host a mastitis and milk quality conference that will be targeted to all segments of the dairy industry, including: producers, veterinarians, extension educators and specialists, consultants, equipment and pharmaceutical suppliers, dairy plant field staff, and students. Together NMC and MAC will present a program that delivers current, technically sound information that has a positive impact on mastitis management, milk quality and milk safety. Meeting attendees can put this knowledge to use in their work to boost dairy industry productivity and profitability, and ultimately enhance consumer confidence and satisfaction. The conference provides an excellent opportunity for everyone interested in quality milk production to keep up-to-date and network with other dairy producers and industry professionals who share a common interest. A global organization for mastitis control and milk quality Phone: (608) Fax: (608) Mid-Atlantic Consortium Printed on 100% recycled paper 2 3 Program and Schedule Wednesday, May 27 9:00 am Registration opens Pre-Conference Short Courses Short courses have limited enrollment, require pre-registration, and an additional fee. See course descriptions on page 12. If you are interested in taking a short course, be sure to register early! 10:00 am 5:00 pm Animal Welfare Evaluation for Mastitis Control and Improved Milk Quality (on-farm workshop) 1:00 pm 5:00 pm Understanding the Interactions Between the Milking Machine and the Dairy Cow 1:00 pm 5:00 pm Problem-Solving Case Study: What Did and Didn t Work to Resolve Mastitis Concerns on a 600 Cow Dairy 1:00 pm 5:00 pm Tools to Assess and Monitor Subclinical Mastitis Control Practices 1:00 pm 5:00 pm Integrating Therapy into a Quality Milk Program Reception 6:00 pm 7:00 pm Thursday, May 28 8:00 am Registration opens Main General Session Program Morning Session Moderator: Sheila Andrew, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 9:00 am Managing Cows Successfully with Robotic Milking Doyle Waybright, Mason Dixon Farms, Josiah Garber, Spring Lawn Farm, Mike LaClair, Hinsdale Farm, and Pete Maslyn, Hemdale Farms 10:00 am Break This panel discussion features four producers utilizing automatic milking systems on their operations. The main emphasis for the panel is to discuss milk quality and mastitis as it relates to robotic herds, including the successes and challenges faced when using this technology. 10:30 am Standard Operating Procedures for Milkers Rich Stup, AgChoice Farm Credit, Lewisburg, PA Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) have become widely used in dairies, but they are only part of a performance management system. Good SOPs must be supported by effective training and feedback to really get top performance in the parlor. 11:15 am Everyday Observations to Improve Milk Quality & Udder Health David Reid, BouMatic, Madison, WI Luncheon 12:00 pm 12:45 pm This presentation will discuss proper cow handling, milking procedures and routines, and how the milking process can affect the overall production and milk quality level. Discussions will be focused on photographs showing both the good and the bad found in these critical areas on real dairy operations. The goal is for producers and advisors to be able to look objectively at a parlor or barn and make small low cost changes to maximize both milk production and milk quality Afternoon Session Moderator: Bob Peters, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 1:00 pm Animal Welfare on Dairies: Today s Welfare Challenges and Tomorrow s Solutions Jim Reynolds, University of California Veterinary School, Davis, CA This talk will review on-farm welfare concepts and challenges and will discuss methods used to determine how welfare is assessed, in general and specifically, through on-farm assessments and audits. The National Dairy Animal Well-Being Initiative will be presented as a model for a national dairy welfare program. 4 5 1:45 pm How to Assess Milk Quality Steve Oliver, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 2:30 pm Break Increased demand for higher quality milk is placing a much greater emphasis on management strategies to minimize contamination of raw milk and for controlling mastitis. Several different methods are used to assess milk quality. Some methods such as SCC and standard plate count are mandated by the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance. Other methods, while not mandated, are useful to monitor milk quality and to help diagnose potential on-farm problems and deficiencies associated with abnormally high counts and poor quality milk. 3:00 pm Taking Mastitis Control to the Next Step Pamela Ruegg, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI Many dairy operations do a good job managing mastitis and producing high quality milk but the targets for determining high quality milk keep advancing. What does high quality mean today? What targets should the best managers strive for? What are practices that the top herds routinely do and how can farms stay on top? 3:45 pm Nutrition and Feeding for Enhanced Resistance to Mastitis Bill Weiss, Ohio State University, Wooster, OH Nutrition has a strong impact on immune function which can influence the prevalence and severity of mastitis. Trace minerals and vitamins form a well-established and generally accepted link between nutrition and mastitis; however, improper feeding of major minerals such as calcium and macronutrients such as protein and energy also affect the resistance to mastitis. Location and Accommodations The Joint NMC Regional Meeting & MAC Conference will be held at the Woodlands Inn and Resort, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Situated along the Laurel Run Stream on 40 wooded acres in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains in Northeast Pennsylvania, the hotel is conveniently located off of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Interstates 81, 80 and 84. Conference room rates at the Woodlands Inn and Resort are $92 for a single room and $102 for a double room. To obtain the conference rate for hotel rooms, reservations should be made by April 27. Reservation requests made after the cut-off date will be accepted on a space and rate availability basis. Check in time is 4:00 pm and check out time is 11:00 am. Hotel guests are provided with a complimentary full hot breakfast and high speed internet access in the guest rooms. In addition, the hotel has an unattended self-serve business center, featuring a computer, internet access, a laser printer, fax machine and photocopier. The hotel provides complimentary shuttle service to and from the Wilkes- Barre/Scranton International airport. To arrange complimentary airport shuttle, call a hotel guest service representative at Make room reservations directly with the hotel. EARLY reservations are recommended. Be sure to mention that you will be attending the NMC/MAC meeting in order to get the conference room rate. Woodlands Inn & Resort 1073 Highway 315 Wilkes-Barre, PA Phone: or Note: online reservations for meeting attendees are not available 4:30 pm Adjourn 6 7 8 Registration Form Joint NMC Regional Meeting and MAC Conference May 27-28, 2009, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Online registrations are preferred. Register online at and be automatically entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card. Name: Nickname for Badge: Organization: Address: City/State/Postal Code: Phone: Country: Fax: (Please provide!): Please indicate your affiliation: dairy farm government university/extension media consultant equipment, supplies, pharmaceutical student milk testing lab cooperative/processor veterinary clinic other Are you an NMC member? Yes No Years you have been an NMC member: 10 How many NMC regional meetings have you attended in the past? this is my first 10 How many MAC meetings have you attended in the past? this is my first 5 Gender: Male Female REGISTRATION FEES To pre-register, forms must be RECEIVED by May 20 Wednesday May 27 Short Courses and Reception [Pre-register by May 20. Onsite registration only if spots are still available.] Short Courses: (select only one) Enrollment is limited and subject to first-come, first-serve basis. See attendance limit and description under appropriate course inside the brochure. Pre-registration closes May 20. If you are interested in taking a short course, you should register early since courses may fill up before the deadline. Short Course 1: Animal Welfare Evaluation for Mastitis Control and Improved Milk Quality (on-farm workshop, 10 am 5 pm) $75 Short Course 2: Understanding the Interactions Between the Milking Machine and the Dairy Cow (1 pm 5 pm) $50 Short Course 3: Problem-Solving Case Study: What Did and Didn t Work to Resolve Mastitis Concerns on a 600 Cow Dairy (1 pm 5 pm) $50 Short Course 4: Tools to Assess and Monitor Subclinical Mastitis Control Practices (1 pm 5 pm) $50 Short Course 5: Integrating Therapy into a Quality Milk Program (1 pm 5 pm): $50 I am not registering for a short course Evening Social Activity: Yes I plan to attend the reception (no fee for registered attendees) No, I do not plan to attend the reception Thursday May 28 General Session Program (main program) [Pre-register by May 20. After that date, register onsite.] Registration: $75 in advance; $85 at the door TOTAL FEES FOR BOTH DAYS Paid By: Check (Make check payable to NMC) Visa Master Card American Express Acct. No.: Exp.: Signature: Registration Information The May 27 short courses have limited enrollment (first-come, first-serve basis) and require pre-registration and an additional fee. The pre-registration deadline is May 20. Limited on-site registration will be accepted ONLY if space is still available. Please check with the NMC office. The May 27 reception has no charge, but registration is requested. The May 28 general session program does not have limited enrollment. To pre-register, forms must be received at the NMC office May 20. After that date, you may register onsite. A $25 administrative fee will be assessed on all cancellations after May 17. No refunds after May 26. Requests must be made online or in writing. Return this form and payment to: NMC 421 S. Nine Mound Rd. Verona, WI USA Phone: (608) / Fax: (608) / Payment MUST accompany form. Fax registration accepted with credit cards only. Phone-in registrations NOT accepted. Register online at 9 How to Get There Air Travel The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport is located less than 15 minutes from the Woodlands Inn and Resort, and is served by the following airlines: Continental, Delta, Northwest, United and US Airways. The hotel provides complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport (for arrangements call the hotel at ). Directions to the Hotel From the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Airport: Take Interstate 81 South to the Wilkes-Barre Exit #170B, then get off at Exit #1, at light turn left onto Route 315 North. The Woodlands will be 1/2 mile on the right hand side. From Philadelphia: Take Northeast extension of PA Turnpike North to Exit 105. Turn left onto Route 115 North. Go 5 miles to Exit 1. Make left at light (Route 315) and The Woodlands is 1/4 mile on the right. From Pittsburgh and Southwestern Pennsylvania: Take Route 22 east to Altoona and Route 220. Take Route 220 Millersburg and Interstate 80 east. Take 80 east to Interstate 81 North to Exit 170B then Exit 1, turn left onto Route 315 North. Woodlands is 1/4 mile on right. From Williamsport and North Central Pennsylvania: Take Route 118 east to Route 415. At the intersection of 118 and 415 turn right at the light onto Route 415/309 South. Take 309 South to Exit 1, turn left at the light onto Route 315 North. Woodlands is 1/4 mile on right. More About the Wilkes-Barre Area Located in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Wilkes-Barre and surrounding Wyoming Valley are framed by the Pocono Mountains to the east, the Endless Mountains to the west and the Lehigh Valley to the south. The Susquehanna River flows through the center of the valley and defines the northwestern border of the city. Founded in 1770, Wilkes-Barre helped fuel the Industrial Revolution with its rich veins of coal running beneath the soil. In the late 1800s, the area was among the most affluent in the country. Today, the area draws visitors for its fun and recreational activities. Various outdoor opportunities are available, including white-water sports, hiking, rock climbing, cycling, fishing and golf. Area entertainment includes a slots casino and harness racing at the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, numerous shops and restaurants. Wilkes-Barre is also home to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees minor league baseball team, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (hockey), and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers (arena football). The arts are an important part of Wilkes-Barre, too: the Sordoni Art Gallery stages historical and contemporary exhibitions and lectures, and the Fine Arts Fiesta presents demonstrations and performances every year. Visit the NMC website for additional information and links to areas of interest in the Wilkes-Barre area. From New York City: Take Interstate 80 West to Exit 284 (Blakeslee), turn right on to Route 115 North, travel 20 miles to Exit #1. Turn left at light on Route 315 North, the Woodlands is 1/4 mile on the right. From Washington DC, Northern Virginia & Baltimore area: Take Interstate 95 North to 476 North to PA Turnpike (also 476 North) to Exit 105. Take left at stop sign onto 115 North to Exit #1, turn left at light onto Route 315 North. Woodlands is 1/4 mile on the right. From Connecticut and New England: Take Interstate 84 west to Interstate 380 North to Interstate 81 South, get off at Exit 170B, then Exit 1, turn left at the light onto Route 315 North. Woodlands is 1/4 mile on right. Wilkes-Barre, PA W I L K E S - B A R R E Woodlands Inn and Resort Pocono Downs To Wilkes-Barre and Scranton International Airport 10 11 Short Course Information Please note: The short courses have limited enrollment and require a registration fee. Registration is based on a first come, first served basis. The deadline for short course registration is May 20. Registrations may be accepted after the deadline (at the meeting) if space is available. Courses may fill up before the deadline, so early registration is suggested. Short Course 1: Animal Welfare Evaluation for Mastitis Control and Improved Milk Quality (on-farm workshop) Jim Reynolds and John Champagne, University of California School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis, CA Date and Time: Wednesday, May 27, 10:00 am 5:00 pm Course size limit: 20 people Course fee: $75 This on-farm course will demonstrate how to evaluate a dairy for overall animal welfare with specific attention to mastitis and milk quality. The class will review the effects of cow housing, freestall design, maintenance and usage, stocking densities and cow handling on factors that affect mastitis and milk quality. The class will focus on cow observations to determine if cow housing and handling is appropriate regarding welfare. The cow observations will include hygiene scoring, locomotion scoring and body condition scoring. Animal handling will be observed for cattle in the housing area and moving into and out of the milking parlor. Parlor management, time spent in the parlor, and cow behavior in the parlor will be assessed, as will milk let-down and detection and management of mastitis cases. There will be discussion of euthanasia programs for cases of severe mastitis. The goal of this seminar is for participants to leave with a better understanding of how welfare assessments are conducted and how welfare and cow care and comfort is related to mastitis control, milk quality and overall dairy profitability, and to appreciate how to begin to better see what s actually happening on a real dairy. This course is targeted toward people with no experience in evaluating dairies. If you enjoy seeing things from a different perspective this course will hopefully open your eyes to utilizing basic welfare concepts to satisfy the welfare needs of the cows and improve milk quality and profitability. Lunch and transportation to and from the dairy will be provided. Short Course 2: Understanding the Interactions Between the Milking Machine and the Dairy Cow Paul Rapnicki, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN and Steve Stewart, Valley Ag Software, Woodbury, MN Date and Time: Wednesday, May 27, 1:00 pm 5:00 pm Course size limit: 30 people Course fee: $50 The goals of milking are to milk cows rapidly, completely, gently and cleanly. Properly performing personnel and properly functioning equipment are both necessary to achieve these goals consistently. This seminar will provide an overview of the basic equipment concepts that play a role in successful milking management. Understanding these concepts will assist in logically evaluating some of the potential effects of equipment. The target audience for this course is milkers, parlor managers, and other dairy professionals interested in understanding the role that milking equipment and milking management play in the production of quality milk. No equipment knowledge is required. Participants will be provided with the NMC publication Procedures for Evaluating Vacuum Levels and Airflow in Milking Systems along with additional references. Short Course 3: Problem-Solving Case Study: What Did and Didn t Work to Resolve Mastitis Concerns on a 600 Cow Dairy Ernest Hovingh, Bhushan Jayarao, and David Wolfgang, Penn State University and John Shapiro, Straley Veterinary Associates Date and Time: Wednesday, May 27, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Course size limit: 25 people Course fee: $50 A 200-cow Pennsylvania dairy had very good udder health for many years. Following expansion to approximately 600 lactating animals, the herd experienced a number of mastitis and milk quality challenges. Over time, a holistic farm approach has emerged which has greatly reduced mastitis and improved milk quality. The herd now experiences few clinical cases and SCC is maintained in the 150, ,000 range. The herd veterinarian, herd owner, and herdsman will be present at the workshop to participate and discuss their impressions on what really made a difference and what was only a minor contributor in resolving their mastitis problems. 12 (continued on next page) 13 This course will include hands-on demonstrations of on-farm culturing for common mastitis pathogens and several other interactive mastitis control tools. Lectures will be short and held to a minimum. The course is designed to be interactive between participants, demonstration herd team, and instructors. Veterinarians, progressive dairy producers, extension personnel and other allied industry professionals should find the program interesting and informative. Participants will receive a CD with all materials and references, plus a hard copy of handouts for notes and exercises. Short Course 4: Tools to Assess and Monitor Subclinical Mastitis Control Practices Sandy Costello, Penn State Cooperative Extension Lewisburg, PA and Rob Goodling, Penn State Cooperative Extension, Lebanon, PA Date and Time: Course size limit: Course fee: $50 Wednesday, May 27, 1:00 pm 5:00 pm 20 people This intermediate-le
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