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The National Mastitis Council: A Global Organization for Mastitis Control and Milk Quality, 50 Years and Beyond

  • John R. Middleton
  • Anne Saeman
  • Larry K. Fox
  • Jason Lombard
  • Joe S. Hogan
  • K. Larry Smith
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Abstract

The National Mastitis Council was founded in 1961 based on the desire of a forward-thinking group of individuals to bring together “all forces of organized agriculture in the United States to combat, through every practical device, the mastitis threat to the Nation’s health and food safety”. What started as a small organization focused on mastitis of dairy cattle in the United States has grown into a global organization for mastitis and milk quality. Over the last 50-plus years the concerted efforts of the membership have led to the synthesis and dissemination of a considerable body of knowledge regarding udder health, milk quality, and food safety which has improved dairy cattle health and well-being and farm productivity.

Keywords

Mastitis Bovine Milk quality National mastitis council 

Abbreviations

AABP

American Association of Bovine Practitioners

AHI

Animal Health Institute

AVMA

American Veterinary Medical Association

BTSCC

Bulk Tank Somatic Cell Count

FDA

Food and Drug Administration

IAMFES

International Association of Milk, Food, and Environmental Sanitarians

IDF

International Dairy Federation

IMI

Intramammary Infection

NCIMS

National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments

NIRD

National Institute for Research in Dairying

NMC

National Mastitis Council

NMPF

National Milk Producers Federation

NMRF

National Mastitis Research Foundation

rBST

Recombinant Bovine Somatotropin

SCC

Somatic Cell Count

TCI

Teat Club International

TTS

Technology Transfer Session

USDA

United States Department of Agriculture

Notes

Acknowledgments

Much of the information presented in this manuscript was previously published in a booklet distributed by NMC to its membership in 2012 commemorating 50 years of the National Mastitis Council 1961–2011, and in documents available at http://www.nmconline.org.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • John R. Middleton
    • 1
  • Anne Saeman
    • 2
  • Larry K. Fox
    • 3
  • Jason Lombard
    • 4
  • Joe S. Hogan
    • 5
  • K. Larry Smith
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Veterinary Medicine and SurgeryUniversity of MissouriColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.National Mastitis Council, IncVeronaUSA
  3. 3.Department of Veterinary Clinical SciencesWashington State UniversityPullmanUSA
  4. 4.United States Department of AgricultureNational Animal Health Monitoring SystemFort CollinsUSA
  5. 5.Ohio Agricultural Research and Development CenterOhio State UniversityWoosterUSA

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