Beginning January 1, 2017 medically important antibiotics in feed will no longer be available to use for growth promotion on any farm of any size. Medically important antibiotics are used by dairy, livestock, and poultry but are also important to human health. Under this new rule, called the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), you will need direct veterinary supervision if these antibiotics are used to prevent, treat, or control specific diseases. The Wisconsin Youth Livestock Program FYI site, fyi.extension.wisc.edu/youthlivestock/vfd, has more information on the VFD rule and how it will affect youth producers.
For MASS members, the VFD rules will be covered at the MAQA (Meat Animal Quality Assurance) workshop in early spring.