Egg Industry News and Commentary

  —  Apr 12

Problems Emerging for Beef Producers Following VFD Implementation


The American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners have published a joint statement relating to pressure being placed on veterinarian to issue VFDs and prescriptions for antibiotics. 

Tetracyclines appear to be the most critical since this class is frequently included in custom formulations to prevent or treat anaplasmosis, foot rot and pink eye.


Practicing veterinarians are aware of the obligations under the VFD and the restrictions on administering antibiotics to flocks and herds in feed or in water under a prescription.  The realities of the VFD which came in to effect on January 1st have in some cases not been accepted by feed mills and producers who have pressured either independent or staff veterinarians.