Virtual format yields enhanced global presence
“Given the ‘virtual world’ of 2020 and early 2021, holding NMC’s 60th Annual Meeting virtually was so fitting for this global organization,” said Patrick Christian, newly installed NMC president and annual meeting program chair, and partner in Christian Hill Dairy, Lomira, Wis. “Despite the many challenges dairy producers and processors around the world faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, dairy producers and their marketing partners proved their resiliency. Superior milk quality is essential to fostering a nimble food supply chain.”
NMC recognized several milk quality experts during its annual meeting. Gary Neubauer, a retired senior manager, Dairy Technical Services, with Zoetis, New Ulm,
In the National Dairy Quality Awards program, NMC honored six dairy operations as Platinum winners. These top-quality milk producers included Blue Star Dairy Middleton LLC (Art and Lori Meinholz), Middleton, Wis.; Christop Dairy (Neil Christianson), Shiocton, Wis.; Country Aire Farms (Tom, Mike, Nick, Matt, Craig and Jonathan Gerrits), Kaukauna, Wis.; Riverside Dairy LLC (Andy Fisher and Tom
NMC awarded scholarships to four outstanding graduate students to attend the NMC Annual Meeting. This year’s NMC Scholars were Ellen de Jong, University of Calgary, Hannah Woodhouse, University of Guelph, Valentina Monistero, University of Milan, and Bruno Silva, Ghent University. The NMC Scholars program fosters the development of mastitis research and milk quality professionals from around the world.
During the NMC annual business meeting, members elected Rick Watters, Quality Milk Production Services, Warsaw, N.Y.; and Christy Dinsmoore, Novi, Mich.; to the NMC board of directors. Executive committee members are Patrick Christian, Christian Hill Dairy, Lomira, Wis., president; Linda Tikofsky, Boehringer Ingelheim, Trumansburg, N.Y., first vice president; Christina Petersson-Wolfe, Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, Va., second vice president; Keith Engel, GEA, Hampshire, Ill., secretary-treasurer; and Sarne De Vliegher, Ghent University, Merelbeke, Belgium, past president. Other board members include Marcos Munoz, University of Concepcion, Chile; Roger Thomson, MQ-IQ Consulting LLC, Battle Creek, Mich.; Lowell “Jim” Davenport, Tollgate Holsteins, Ancramdale, N.Y.; Alfonso Lago, DairyExperts, Inc., Tulare, Calif.; Justine Britten, Udder Health Systems, Meridian, Idaho; Juan “Rodrigo” Pedraza, Zoetis, Lubbock, Texas; Brandon Treichler, Select Milk Producers, Canyon, Texas; and Elizabeth Berry, Animax, Hereford, United Kingdom. Jason Lombard, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Fort Collins, Colo.; and Steve Lehman, Michigan Milk Producers Association, Novi, Mich.; retired from the board.
NMC thanks its annual meeting sponsors who contributed to the program’s success. Diamond sponsors were Boehringer Ingelheim, GEA, Merck Animal Health and Zoetis. Platinum sponsors were Ecolab, Inc. and Land O’Lakes. Gold sponsors included Dairy Farmers of America, Kersia and Udder Health Systems. Silver sponsors were ABS Global, Inc., Ambic Equipment Limited, BouMatic, Lely, PortaCheck, Inc. and Udder Tech. The Udderly Ridiculous 5K Fun Run/Walk sponsors included Christian Hill Dairy, Luck-E Holsteins, Tollgate Holsteins, Gardner & Gardner Communications, and Corner Window Communications. In addition, Christian Hill Dairy, Luck-E Holsteins and Tollgate Holsteins joined the sponsor list as Dairy Partners.
The 61st NMC Annual Meeting is set for Feb. 1-3, 2022, in San Diego. For additional information, go to: www.nmconline.org.