Meetings to cover implementation of new veterinary feed directive

Frontier Extension District will host a pair of meetings on Feb. 18, 2016, to discuss the implementation of the new veterinary feed directive (VFD) that will come into effect on Jan. 1, 2017. The meetings will be held at two locations. The afternoon session, starting at 2 p.m., will be held at the Anderson County Sales Co., 430 N. Maple, Garnett. The evening session will begin at 7 p.m. at the Overbrook Livestock Commission, 305 W. First St., Overbrook.

DVM, Mark Apley, KSU professor of production medicine, will be the speaker. The agendas for both locations will be the same and will cover “What is a VFD, and How it will Affect My Business?” Also covered will be “Antimicrobial Resistance” and “Using Killed versus Modified Live Vaccines, Which is Best for Me.”

The FDA has taken the veterinary feed directive action to promote the judicious use of medically important antimicrobial drugs in food animals. The goal is to work with the industry and protect public health by phasing out the use of medically important antimicrobials in food animals that enhance growth or improve feed efficiency, and to bring the uses of such drugs, to treat, control or prevent specific diseases, under the oversight of a licensed veterinarian.

Time will be available to answer questions. For more information, call Rod Schaub, Frontier Extension District agent, at 785-828-4438.

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