Livestock producers should be aware that the FDA’s new Veterinary Feed Directive rule kicks in January first. In order to get better control of the use of antibiotics in livestock, the FDA will require a prescription, or Veterinarian Feed Directive, for a producer to obtain and add antibiotics to livestock feed. Dr Bob Ebbesmeyer, from Stephenson County, is incoming president of the Il State Veterinary Medical Assoc.
In order to obtain that prescription from a Veterinarian, a livestock producer must have a ‘working relationship’ with the vet.
The new rules will be hard to avoid. Dr Ebbesmeyer says the FDA will likely enforce the new rules vigorously.
For more on the new Veterinary Feed Directive rules, contact your veterinarian and make sure you have a working relationship with your vet.