Satellite meeting
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The satellite event “Focus on Small Ruminant Mastitis” will address topics related to mammary gland immunity, etiology, epidemiology, diagnosis and control, with case studies. In addition, a session will deal with the impact of mastitis on cheese production with the contribution of farmers and cheese producers. Practical sessions are also included, selecting between farm or laboratory activities.

The Saturday session will be open also to a limited number of non-registered participants and will provide an update on the most recent advances in small ruminant research, dealing with genetic selection, mammary gland immunity, biomarker discovery and diagnostic approaches, as well as pathogens and pathogenicity mechanisms.

English-Italian translation services will be provided in all sessions.

The event is organized by Porto Conte Ricerche with the support of Sardegna Ricerche, the University of Milan and the National Reference Centre for Small Ruminant Mastitis (CRENMOC), and will take place in the facilities of Porto Conte Ricerche in Tramariglio, Alghero. Further information on logistics and Hotel accommodation on




Scientific Committee

Scientific Coordinator

Maria Filippa Addis – Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Milan


Scientific Committee

Valerio Bronzo – Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Milan

Agnese Cannas – National Reference Center for Sheep and Goat Mastitis, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Sardegna

Marino Contu – Regional Farmers’ Association of Sardinia

Paolo Moroni – Quality Milk Production Services, Cornell University

Marco Pittau – Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Sassari

Sergio Uzzau – Porto Conte Ricerche




“Focus on Small Ruminant Mastitis” will take place in Porto Conte Ricerche in June 14-16, 2018. The event will offer opportunities for training, update and discussion on small ruminant mastitis, presenting and discussing causes, diffusion and management in the Mediterranean, European, and Extra-European context. “Focus on Small Ruminant Mastitis” is open to researchers, professionals, technicians, students, farmers and producers working with dairy small ruminants. 

The official language will be English. However, translation to and from Italian will be available to enable full participation to the lectures and discussions.



The event will feature:

Plenary Lectures – general lectures on etiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, control and farm management.

Updates – technological and diagnostic updates.

Discussions – discussion at the end of each presentation and general discussion at the end of each session.

Practicals – farm visit with problem-solving activities. Illustration on how to perform a CMT and how to collect milk and environmental samples. Discussions on milking machine operations and pitfalls, farm management strategies. 

Farmers’ and producers’ perspectives – Sheep and goat farmers will provide their perspective on the disease and on the impact and management of mastitis in their farms. Cheese producers will also provide their perspectives and experiences.

Update on research – The last day will be open to further 100 participants upon free registration. The lecturers will provide a perspective on the last findings in mastitis research and on the most recent results obtained by Porto Conte Ricerche and its network of collaborations. 



Preliminary Program

Thursday, June 14

10:30 – Presentation and Welcome

M. Filippa Addis, University of Milan, Scientific Coordinator

11:00-13:00 – Etiology and Epidemiology of Small Ruminant Mastitis


Paula Menzies, University of Guelph, Canada

George Fthenakis, University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Gerrit Koop, University of Utrecht, Netherlands

Simone Dore, CRENMOC, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Sardegna

13:00-14:00 – Lunch 

14:00-16:00 – Mycoplasmoses and lentiviroses – Somatic cells and milk quality


Marco Pittau, University of Sassari

Antonio Quasso, ASL Asti

Fernando Souza, University of São Paulo

Agnese Cannas, CRENMOC, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Sardegna

16:00-16:30 – Coffee break

16:30-18:00 – Strategies for mastitis control in the laboratory and on the field


Pier Mario Mangili, IZS Umbria e Marche

Emanuele Liciardi, IZS Sardegna

Proto Doro, ARA Sardegna

Teresa Calvo, Hipra S.A.


Friday, June 15

9:00-10:30 – Technological aspects and dairy product quality


Antonello Pazzona, University of Sassari

Antonio Pirisi, AGRIS

Alessio Cecchinato, University of Padua

10:30-11:00 – Coffee Break

11:00-12:30 – Farmers and Producers


Small ruminant farmers

Dairy producers

12:30-13:30 – Lunch

13:30-18:00 – Farm visit

CMT and milk sample collection for bacteriology

Milking machines

Farm hygiene and management

Environmental sample collection

20:00 – Social Dinner


Saturday, June 16

Open Day – Latest Advancements in Mastitis Research and in Mammary Gland Immunity

9:00-9:30 – Presentation

9:30-11:00 – Talks TBA

11:00-11:30 – Coffee Break

11:30-13:00 – Talks TBA

13:00-14:00: Farewell mixer




Porto Conte Ricerche is a research center of the Science and Technology Park of Sardinia.

The technological laboratories at Porto Conte Ricerche enable the integrated application of methodologies and experimental pipelines with a focus on industrial research, and are devoted to the development of knowledge, processes, products and services with applications in biotechnology (biomedicine, agroindustry, environment) and in food technology (quality, safety and sustainability in food distribution, consumers’ health, trademarks and labels).

Among other activities, Porto Conte Ricerche carries out R&D activities in the farm animal sector, especially concerning the development of innovative diagnostic systems for infectious diseases. In the latest years, the researchers working in the proteomics and diagnostic systems laboratories have carried out different research projects on dairy ruminant mastitis, leading to promising results with applications for disease understanding and detection.




The Scientific School is funded by Sardegna Ricerche, the Agency of Regione Sardegna promoting research, innovation and technological development (Call Scientific School 2017/2018).



This Scientific School is also supported by the generous contribution HIPRA, The Reference in Prevention of Animal Health, and by the in-kind contribution of several other animal health and veterinary diagnostics companies.