FDA Cattle Feed Rule Causing Concern
The new rule will likely cause some small feed mills to stop producing medicated feed because of the burdensome administrative requirements
Providing antibiotic therapy for animal herds through a feeding program just got a lot more complicated because of a new Federal Drug Administration final rule aimed at encouraging more judicious use of antimicrobial drugs in animal production.
Starting in January of 2017, producers who previously could go to the feed store and purchase feed containing antibiotics and feed their herds based on how they believed the herd should be treated with the medicated feed, now must consult with a veterinarian. In that consultation, they must obtain a written veterinarian feed directive, adhere to feeding duration limitations and keep detailed records on such treatment when it is delivered through feed, according to OSU Extension Beef Specialist Chris Richards. To read more click here.