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and Fisheries Research (ILVO) Technology Food Science Unit in Flanders, Belgium. “Mastitis continues to be the most economically important disease of dairy cattle,” she says, explaining that the complexity of the issue is what motivated her to further study mastitis. “Besides financial stress, mastitis is also significant from animal welfare, public health and social points of view.”

Notes and Quotes from NMC Presidents “This is your Council. Your officers want it to serve your needs. No organization can be of great value without active and serious counsel and guidance by its membership.”

Her research has looked at factors influencing teat morphology and the relationship with udder health in Holstein cows.

H.G. Hodges, DVM (from: President’s Report, 1967 NMC Annual Meeting)

“The goal of my study is to identify factors influencing teat dimensions and determine at which level (herd, cow, quarter) most variation resides,” she summarizes. “This information could be helpful in formulating directives to deal with the existing variation in teat morphology.”

“...the forum of ideas, thinking, expression and action that has been afforded by this Council in open discussion and policy has been a focal point of progress.”

“Furthermore, information on the relation between teat dimensions and liner design will help us to advise farmers on liner choice,” she adds. “Advising farmers on milking management based on thorough research is where my personal and professional goals are situated.” “If the liner does not fit the teat properly, its function to cyclically massage the teat can be strongly impaired, negatively influencing udder health,” she said. Zwertveagher’s hope is that the information generated from her research might enable better liner selection and may lead to more uniform teat dimensions within a herd through selective breeding. The expanded network that she obtained by attending the NMC 50th Annual Meeting is helping her spread that message. “NMC supports young researchers in their careers by encouraging contact with researchers active in the same domain,” she says. “By discussing our work, we have a great opportunity to exchange ideas and expertise.”

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James Smathers, Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers (from: President’s Report, 1970 NMC Annual Meeting) “The impact of the Council has been greater than most of us may suspect. Much of the progress of the last 12 years toward widespread understanding concerning causes and control of mastitis, improved milking procedures for controlling milk quality, and current progress in the area of dry cow therapy and teat dipping have been due in large part to efforts of the National Mastitis Council and its committees.” Don Jasper, University of California-Davis (from: President’s Report, 1973 NMC Annual Meeting) “Because our collective strength and effectiveness is the sum of our individual efforts, I would urge each of you as you sit through these meetings, to ask yourselves how you can contribute more to the aims and productivity of the Council.” Richard Mochrie, North Carolina State University (from: President’s Report, 1977 NMC Annual Meeting) “NMC continues to interact on the international front with many organizations and individuals. As we move toward NMC’s mission of ‘providing a forum of education and global exchange of information on milk quality, mastitis and relevant research,’ this is an increasingly important aspect for us.” Gary Heinrich, Pharmacia Animal Health (from: President’s Report, 2002 NMC Annual Meeting) “While the NMC annual meeting provides a venue for the exchange and dissemination of factual knowledge about mastitis and milk quality, it is also a great opportunity to have a good time. Friendships discovered at the meetings have served many of us our entire career. I urge everybody to enjoy visiting with old friends and make a few new ones...” Joe Hogan, Ohio State University (from: President’s Report, 2007 NMC Annual Meeting)


National Mastitis Council

NMC Commemorative Booklet  
NMC Commemorative Booklet  

This book is a collection of the past 50 years of mastitis control, milk quality, the history of the National Mastitis Council, personal rec...