On January 1, 2017, livestock producers, veterinarians and feed suppliers will face a new regimen in the form of the Veterinary Feed Directive, for administering medically-important antibiotics via feed or water to food-producing animals.

There is concern that producers with smaller livestock operations – or who may keep food-producing animals as pets – may not be aware of these changes being made by the FDA. In some cases, these producers may not have an established relationship with a veterinarian.

The Farm Foundation® and the Animal Health Institute have developed tools to help AABP members provide information to existing and potential clients. An informational card has been created to alert producers to the changes. Producers can find resources from a variety of sources, including FDA, Extension, species groups and veterinary groups on the Farm Foundation’s VFD website.

The card is in a PDF format for easy printing. If you need printed copies, you can also e-mail Mary Thompson (mary@farmfoundation.org). Mention that you are an AABP member. The card is also being made available to Extension educators and rural retailers for use as a point-of-sale resource.

The Animal Health Institute represents companies that make medicine for animals. Farm Foundation is a non-partisan, non-profit that serves as a catalyst for sound public policy by providing objective information to foster a deeper understanding of issues shaping the future for agriculture, food systems and rural communities.