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VFD Regulations took effect January 1

Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) final rules officially became effective January 1, 2017. Under the new regulations, many antibiotics previously available in over-the-counter products now require veterinary oversight.

To navigate the new regulations, producers may need to work more closely with their veterinarians to continue their same feed protocols. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration website outlines the key elements of a VCPR and additional pertinent VFD information at www.fda.gov.

Producers may want to consider removing products containing antibiotics from animal feeding protocols where the use of such products is now restricted. The opportunity to evaluate the use of antibiotics in food animal production may lead producers to use products that promote overall animal health, rather than target specific illnesses. 

“Taking the time to evaluate the effectiveness of current feeding protocols can result in improved efficiency in management practices,” said William A. Zimmer, DVM, President of Bio-Vet, Inc. “Microbial and nutritional supplements support animal health and are also versatile enough to complement existing protocols.”

For more information, contact your local Bio-Vet sales representative or dealer, or call 1-800-246-8381.

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