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UNDERSTAND the new feed (veterinary feed directive) and water (prescription) rules:

As of Jan. 1, 2017, growth promotion use of medically important (to human health) antibiotics will not be allowed. Only therapeutic use (treatment, control, prevention) for a specific animal health condition will be allowed under the direction of a veterinarian.

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STRENGTHEN your veterinary-client-patient relationship (VCPR):

Schedule periodic herd visits with your veterinarian and review health monitoring and herd health strategies.

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COMMUNICATE with your feed mill:

Ensure the mill personnel understand and are prepared to implement new VFD record-keeping procedures for antibiotics and that stringent feed delivery protocols are in place.

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ASSESS your herd health and welfare strategies:

Sit down with your veterinarian to outline production and management changes to maximize animal health and minimize antibiotic use.

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RENEW your commitment to responsible antibiotic use:

Stay up to date with Pork Quality Assurance Plus certification and make it part of your worker education program.

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ENSURE your record-keeping compliance:

For producers, this means keeping copies (print or electronic) of VFD for two years and prescription records for one year.