Milk Quality Academy 2016: Learning, networking and enjoying
More than 40 dairy cattle experts from around the world gathered in Putten (The Netherlands) on the second edition of the Milk Quality Academy organised by Boehringer Ingelheim last October. Veterinarians, from various European countries, Asia and MENA, attended cutting edge training for three intense days, as well as an exciting social agenda. The limited number of attendants and their positive attitude encouraged a friendly atmosphere with countless opportunities to exchange knowledge and experiences.
To increase interactivity and connectivity, two simultaneous teaching tracks allowed for mastitis experts to teach in small groups. Christian Scherpenzeel (GD Animal Health, Netherlands) focused on the epidemiology and pathobiology of intramammary infections and on immunological aspects of mastitis. On the other hand, Ian Ohnstad (The Dairy Group)reviewed every component of the milking machine and its operating principles , detailing the necessary adjustments in order to obtain an ideal milking. In two interesting sessions, Ellen Schmitt – van de Leemput (Vetperformance, France) gave a close analysis of the dynamics of intramammary infections during the cow’s dry period and. In addition, she described how the alternative kinds of bedding may affect mastitis and the importance of a proper maintenance of the facilities.
In her presentation, Tine van Werven shared the succesful Dutch experience of moving towards a more responsible use of antibiotics, and emphasized that animal health isn’t necessarily hampered by doing so.
The practical part of the training included visits to two dairy farms in the Polders region. On a 50-cow-outside rotary farm, the attendees learned how to run a dynamic milk test. In addition, they visited the facilities and learned about the challenges of running a dairy farm in a very dense livestock area where environmental concerns have to be taken into account. The second farm was equipped with a 50-cow inside rotary. Here, the participants took ample time to teat score the cows and validate their attributed scores by cross-checking between participants.
What makes this training special compared to other mastitis trainings, is the fact that the theoretical and practical sessions are mixed with communication sessions, where veterinarians can learn how to actually implement their newly learned knowledge on their farms.
All participants on this second edition of the Milk Quality Academy agreed that, due both to its contents and its international approach, it is a unique opportunity to learn and share their knowledge with other colleagues.
Overall, the Milk Quality Academy is part of our UBROCARE mastitis portfolio strategy, where transmission of cutting edge advances and practical work are part of our vision in taking the lead in this very large cattle market segment, with Ubrolexin, Ubrostar, Mamyzin and Metacam.