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Pork producers advised to plan now for new VFD rule

Pork producers were advised to plan now so they aren’t caught off guard by the updated veterinary feed directive (VFD) rule that will require a VFD for all medically important antibiotics fed to food animals as of January 2017.

“This is one of the biggest changes that we’re going to see in animal health,” David Pyburn, National Pork Board senior vice president of science and technology, said during a board meeting, according to an article on nationalhogfarmer.com.

“You (producers) need to sit down with your veterinarian to make sure you’re doing what’s right come Jan. 1…if you start feeding something on Dec. 20, and you’re still feeding on Jan. 1, you will need a VFD, even though it wasn’t necessary on Dec. 20.”

Pyburn also suggested the new rule may provide a good opportunity for producers to assess their herd-health and welfare strategies. “Sit down with your veterinarian and ask, do we still need to do what we do for therapeutic purposes?”

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