Producers Prove Very Cooperative Under FDA Veterinary Feed Directive and Judicious Antibiotic UseWed, 19 Dec 2018 13:02:58 CST
For a little over a year now, the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) has been in effect. Under this directive by the Food & Drug Administration, livestock producers have been obliged to work with their local veterinarians to authorize the owner or caretaker of animals to obtain and use animal feed containing VFD drugs to treat their animals in accordance with the FDA-approved directions for use. Dr. Peggy Thompson, professional services veterinarian at Boehringer Ingelheim, in a recent conversation with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn, talked about the VFD’s success and the progress that has been made in changing the industry’s culture of antibiotic use.
“In talking with veterinarians, they are having more touches with those customers and how they are utilizing those antibiotics in the feed. So, I think for the cattle industry itself and hopefully the government is excited - that we are having more input and help with those antibiotics that going in the feed,” Dr. Thompson said. “The process has been a little confusing for most - but I think at this point in time, we can say that everybody knows what’s expected, that they have to work with their veterinarian. Anytime we bring that kind of practice in line with veterinarians and veterinarians have oversight, it’s going to be great for our industry.”
Part of the VFD’s purpose is of course to promote the practice of what Thompson calls, “judicious use of antibiotics.” Essentially, she says that simply means that antibiotics are only used when necessary. Along with that, she adds that it also implies that a producer be responsible when using antibiotics- paying attention and following label directions, administering the correct doses, etc.
“I would say that most producers in this cattle industry are already doing that,” she remarked. “But, we’re just trying to get the message out of how important it is to follow those label directions. Producers definitely need to get on board with this, because it is super important to consumers.”
Listen to Dr. Peggy Thompson of BI and ROAN’s Carson Horn discuss the VFD further, with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays, on today’s Beef Buzz.
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