The Veterinary Feed Directive is a new regulatory process which will be fully implemented on January 1, 2017 by the Food and Drug Administration. The US Food and Drug Administration regulates animal and human antibiotics. It requires a “prescription” from a licensed veterinarian for any antibiotic which is the same or in the same classes as antibiotics used to treat humans. These are considered “medically important” antibiotics. Most antibiotics approved for use in animal feed are considered medically important but there are a couple of exceptions.
Any livestock producer who mixes or purchases bulk medicated feed will be required to have a Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) in order to legally feed it to livestock. It is unclear at this time as to how it will affect bag sales of medicated feed in feed and farm stores across the state. It is clear that this regulation will have a dramatic effect on the availability of small lots or bags of medicated feed. It is anticipated that the VFD will have a greater impact on Oregon livestock producers as compared to other parts of the U. S.
Two workshops were held recently for Oregon pork producers regarding the VFD. The slide presentation by Dr. Dave Pyburn from the National Pork Board is informative and useful for all livestock producers.
If you have any questions, please contact Gene Pirelli at 503-931-5163 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org