members through committee involvement, at social mixers and during free time at meetings has really opened a lot of doors for me. Lopez: By being an active member in NMC, I have not only met experts from around the world in this interesting field, but I’ve also learned and shared with them my own experiences and knowledge. Personally, I have felt that my participation in NMC has paid off and I am a better professional because of it. Watters: NMC has impacted my career by introducing me to scientists and industry experts that share a common passion in milk quality. I have had so many discussions during breaks or at dinner about milk quality, and NMC has made all this possible. NMC has given me an opportunity to discuss new and old ideas with colleagues and learn about cutting edge research from world renowned scientists. How is NMC fostering a positive experience for its young leaders? What can be done to encourage increased benefits to new members? Berry: Everyone at NMC is very welcoming and approachable. With that, it’s important to encourage young members to join in committees and other areas so that all members take part where possible. Once you become involved, membership is an excellent value and meeting fees are very reasonable. Koerth: It is critical to get young leaders in the door. NMC does a great job encouraging participation once you are in, but I'm not sure that enough people in the dairy industry know what NMC is all about. Fostering an environment that encourages new ideas, supports creativity and values new input is critical. Lopez: NMC has several initiatives to encourage young members to keep the organization alive for the next 50 years or more. Scholarship awards, poster presentations and open invitations to become part of the existing committees and social events are among the several possibilities that NMC offers its members. It is up to each individual to make NMC an important part of their professional career. Walker: NMC has a long history based on a strong, core group of individuals with views that are well-documented and wellrepresented. Research that challenges current dogma should be supported and discussed with an open mind. At the same time, newcomers could benefit from the shared knowledge of the organization; NMC offers the two groups the opportunity to work side-by-side. How can NMC members get the maximum benefit from their membership? Berry: Being an international member, I use the website and shared literature often. The website is really easy to search;
joining means you have access to a database of other members’ emails and opportunities to join committees and networks. Hogeveen: The real benefit comes when people are active. Being active enlarges your network much faster. By sharing knowledge and talents with others, members receive knowledge and talents from others in return. Koerth: The key to receiving benefit on a personal level is to attend as many events as possible and start networking. The challenge for NMC lies in recruitment – with a relatively narrow scope, there are a lot of industry professionals that don't get involved. Walker: The best way to find benefits in any organization is to get involved. Through NMC, people from all segments of the industry can meet others with similar interests and expand their knowledge base by attending meetings, volunteering for committees and participating in the organization. Watters: NMC members can get the maximum benefit by meeting someone new each time they attend a meeting. I have learned more about milk quality in different regions of the United States and the world by introducing myself to someone I don’t know each time I attend. I would also challenge everyone to talk with international members about the challenges of milk quality on an global basis. The short courses are nothing short of amazing and I would recommend that everyone sign up for one or more short courses during each meeting. What are the key areas that NMC excels in? What aspects of the organization could be improved to ensure a successful future? Hogeveen: NMC is doing well in their meetings and materials. Because I am from Europe, I think NMC can improve on its international face. The groups should also create a process that will determine clear future goals. Volunteer-based organizations do not change fast but setting a concrete future outlook may direct people working in NMC to work towards tangible goals. Koerth: NMC puts on meetings that are truly first class and very educational. Though they may benefit from additional member involvement, the participation and membership of the academic and international communities is very impressive. Lopez: The combination of researchers, industry representatives, government representatives, clinicians, field extension and dairy farmers creates an environment where healthy discussions on the importance of milk quality and management of mastitis take place. NMC is a reference point for research and it is the place to go for an update on new and past information. The group is making some changes to adapt to new generations; it will be interesting to see how these changes impact the future of the organization.
National Mastitis Council
Published on Jul 1, 2012
Published on Jul 1, 2012
This book is a collection of the past 50 years of mastitis control, milk quality, the history of the National Mastitis Council, personal rec...