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VFD’s – What Are They and What Changes Can You Expect?

On Jan. 1, 2017, new regulations from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) go into effect regarding on-farm antibiotic use in food-animal production. This includes show animals also. The effort is aimed at eliminating the use of medically important (to human illness) antibiotics for growth promotion purposes and to bring therapeutic use in feed and water under additional veterinary oversight. Producers, veterinarians, feed mills and suppliers, will all face new requirements.

What does this mean?
After January 1, 2017 antibiotics such as Chlortetracycline (CTC), Lincomycin, Oxytetracycline (OTC), Penicillin, Neomycin, Virginiamycin and Tylan will not be available over the counter but will need a veterinarian’s prescription, also known      as a veterinary feed directive (VFD), in order to be purchased.

Are all medications affect?
No. Medications that are used in animals only, such as Mecadox, will not require a VFD. Also, medications to control parasites, reproduction and bloat such as BMD, Bovatec, Safe-Guard, MGA, Rumensin and Rabon will not require a VFD.

What should I do now to prepare for these changes?

• Make a list of all the feed grade medications you purchase and which ones will be affected by the new rules.

• More information on the changes taking place is available on the Hubbard Feeds website under each species Tips & Tools Section

• Strengthen your relationship with your veterinarian and visit with them about the medications you use and which ones will need a VFD after January 1, 2017.

• Since they will need to write a VFD for the medications requiring one, it’s important they know your farm and your animals. This will help them understand any health challenges your animals may face. Now is a good time to discuss vaccinations and diseases that are common in your area.

• Talk to your feed supplier about the feeds you use and the medications they contain

• Understand the process they will need to follow to handle VFD feeds

• Be committed to the responsible use of antibiotics. Keep track of the medications you use now.

Visit these websites for more information:
www.feedstuffs.com/vfd
www.zoetisus.com/responsible-antibiotic-use
www.pork.org/production-topics/antibiotics-resource-center

 

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