SQMI Initiative 5th Annual Meeting in Nashville, Nov. 8-9

Date of publication : 9/26/2017
Source : https://tiny.utk.edu/SQMI2017

The Southeast Quality Milk Initiative invites to his 5th Annual Meeting, which will be held at The Inn at Opryland, in Nashville, Tennessee, on November 8-9, 2017. The event will focus on producers, milkers, veterinarians and extension agents.



Wednesday, November 8th


Moderator:  Steve Oliver, University of Tennessee

8:00 am “Welcome/Overview & Objectives of SQMI Project”

Steve Oliver, University of Tennessee

8:15 am “New insights into the people side of milk quality” Susan

Schexnayder, University of Tennessee

8:45 am “Milk quality and influencing factors in the Southeast”

Gina Pighetti, University of Tennessee

9:30 am “New tools and ideas for understanding mastitis

management” Derek Nolan, University of Kentucky

10:00 am Refreshment break


Moderator: Michelle Arnold, University of Kentucky

10:15 am “Small giants: Strategy for small farm survival”

Jeffrey Bewley, University of Kentucky

10:45 am “Working with a Hispanic workforce”

Fabian Bernal, DFA

11:15 am “How vets work with dairy producers”

John Laster, Dairy Diagnostic Lab Service, Todd County Animal Clinic


Noon—1:00 pm

Lunch/presentation of SQMI Milk Quality Awards

(Steve Oliver, University of Tennessee)


1:00 pm—6:00 pm

“MQIQ Teaching Parlor/Milking Procedures & Equipment Training”

Roger Thomson, MQIQ Consulting, Battle Creek, MI.

Thursday, November 9th


Moderator: Steve Nickerson, University of Georgia

8:00 am “Prevention and control of Staphylococcus aureus mastitis”

Steve Nickerson, University of Georgia

8:30 am “Importance of fly control in the prevention of mastitis in cows and heifers”

Becky Trout-Fryxell, University of Tennessee

9:00 am “Managing heat stress in the Southeast… SQMI perspective”

Stephanie Ward, North Carolina State University

9:20 am “Animal well-being: Impact on milk production and milk quality”

Peter Krawczel, University of Tennessee

9:40 am “Impact of housing on mastitis”

Amanda Stone, Mississippi State University

10:00 am Refreshment break


Moderator: Albert De Vries, University of Florida

10:15 am “Improving milk quality through genetics”

Dave Erf, Dairy Technical Services, Zoetis

10:50 am Panel on “Industry perspectives on milk quality”

Bob Shipley, DFA; Jim Howie, Maryland/Virginia Milk Cooperative; Fabian Bernal, DFA

11:30 am Dairy producer panel on “Lowering bulk tank somatic cell counts”

Moderator: Jeffrey Bewley, University of Kentucky

Noon— Lunch Public meeting ends following lunch.


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