Cattle producers urged to prepare for new VFD regulations

Beef cattle producers should begin preparing for VFD implementation on Jan. 1, 2017, by developing a valid veterinarian/client/patient relationship.

Beef cattle producers should begin preparing for the Jan. 1, 2017, implementation of the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) regulations, according to Rob Eirich, Nebraska beef quality assurance director with Nebraska Extension.

The regulations will be implemented by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and will require producers to work directly with their veterinarian when they use feed-grade antibiotics with all food-producing livestock.

A VFD is a paper or electronic orde

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