NMC webinar focuses on teat conditions and udder health

National Mastitis Council

Digital tool assists with assessing milk quality production challenges

National Mastitis Council’s (NMC) next webinar features “Investigating Teat Health Conditions Using the NMC Teat Condition Portfolio.” This one-hour educational offering starts at 2 p.m. Central time on Feb. 18.

Keith Engel, NMC board member and GEA hygiene and milk harvest specialist, will serve as the NMC webinar presenter. Past chair of NMC’s Teat Health Committee, this committee was instrumental in developing and launching NMC’s Teat Condition Portfolio (TCP) – an online udder health resource.

The Feb. 18 webinar will focus on using NMC’s TCP to help participants with bovine teat health, evaluation of teat conditioning and addressing teat condition issues. TCP allows dairy producers and dairy consultants to quickly obtain images of various teat conditions. Searchable by key word, TCP helps users find teat symptoms that match what they are seeing.

During the one-hour webinar, Engel will address:

  • How to access and use TCP and other available resources
  • Review of teat scoring – more than just hyperkeratosis
  • Various teat conditions



  • Environmental-induced changes
  • Infectious (non-environmental-induced changes)
  • Milking machine induced
  • Tracking teat health and related key performance indicators (teat condition, milking equipment, settings, milking performance and milk quality)
    • Baseline
    • Team meeting communication
    • Addressing teat condition issues
    • Maintaining

To register for this free webinar, go to: http://bit.ly/NMCwebinarFeb2020 and follow the prompts. As the webinar approaches, registrants will receive an e-mail with information on how to log in to participate. If you are an NMC member and cannot attend the live program, you may access the webinar at nmconline.org, after Feb. 28.

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 about 1,000 members in more than 40 countries throughout the world. For more information, go to: www.nmconline.org.

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