VFD: D-Day Came on January 1, 2017

mark-nibloPost written by Mark Niblo, Marketing Director at Durvet | Long Distance Runner | Iowa by Birth-Kansas City by Choice

You didn’t think it would actually happen, did you?

The rumors of a last-minute delay… or outright reversal of changes in how we treat animals with antibiotics…didn’t happen.

Gone are the use of these compounds for growth promotion and the increase in feed efficacy in livestock feeds.

Gone also are the use of feed additives for anything that isn’t specifically claimed on the label. Continue reading “VFD: D-Day Came on January 1, 2017”

Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD): It’s Coming Like a Tidal Wave…By Mark Niblo

Mark NibloPost written by Mark Niblo, Marketing Director at Durvet | Long Distance Runner | Iowa by Birth-Kansas City by Choice

The elections will be over and January will be here before we know it.

When you walk into the local feed store after the first of the year, many will be surprised to find out what is no longer available to use for controlling diseases in farm animals.

When I talk to people that have a have a few chickens, some pigs or a goat hanging around, they tell me that they don’t regularly use a veterinarian. Instead they rely on their local farm and fleet or feed store for all the medicine they need to keep their flocks and herds healthy. Continue reading “Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD): It’s Coming Like a Tidal Wave…By Mark Niblo”

Effective January 1, 2017: Antibiotic Regulations Are Changing Whether We Like It Or Not.

Mark NibloPost written by Mark Niblo, Marketing Director at Durvet | Long Distance Runner | Iowa by Birth-Kansas City by Choice

Ready or not, here it comes! Effective January 1, 2017, the 3-year transition period regarding the use of antibiotics in food-producing animals will be in full effect.

Small farmers and backyard producers that have been relying on OTC antibiotics to treat outbreaks of disease will no longer be able to get commonly used products without the involvement of a veterinarian.

Back in December 2013, the FDA issued a final guidance for the animal health industry to remove all growth promotion claims from feed…and transition to RX-only for all water soluble and liquid antibiotics that are classified as important in human medicine…by the end of 2016. Continue reading “Effective January 1, 2017: Antibiotic Regulations Are Changing Whether We Like It Or Not.”