Blue sky thinking at first ever Global Milk Quality Expert Forum

The Global Milk Quality Expert Forum is a group of independent experts from academia and practice facilitated by Boehringer Ingelheim’s global udder health team. Its aim is to discuss and share thinkings and learings on new or important topics related to udder health. The intention is to run the meetings annually with an agenda driven by delegates.

The inaugural Global Milk Quality Expert Forum took place in mid-January, hosted in the Belgian city of Mechelen and chaired by Sarne De Vliegher, Associate Professor at the Department of Obstetrics, Reproduction and Herd Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University and head of M-teamUGent.

Delegates from throughout the world gathered for two days for the meeting, which was titled ‘Responsible use of antibiotics and how it may affect mastitis therapy’.

Attendees reported on the status of responsible use regulations in their own country and also on how these regulations are perceived by veterinarians and farmers. The option to improve communication through education or better communication techniques was also explored.

An open discussion session closing day one asked each attendee to describe, on one slide, how mastitis treatment will look in 2025 and it proved to be one of the most thought-provoking and hotly debated parts of the meeting.

The group was enthusiastic about the prospect of having this yearly expert meeting to discuss global trends around Milk Quality and have already scheduled the next meeting for early 2016.