Some livestock producers are feeling pinched by what a VFD can’t do. However, these new rules can do one very valuable thing: give livestock producers an opportunity to interact with local veterinarians who can best guide them through health-related decisions about their animals.
Source: Drovers, November 23, 2017.
Since the VFD’s implementation, many of the veterinarian-producer interactions have resulted in more effective and efficient use of the VFD regulated tools and consideration of disease prevention methods that preclude the need for antibiotics. These conversations are a positive by-product of these new regulations.
INSIGHTS: 2018 should bring our industry a bit less confusion as producers and veterinarians have learned when and how to interact with each other and the supply chains. However, we’re not yet at full compliance so animal health pros must continue to educate to ensure this regulatory program is benefits all from conception to the dinner plate.