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.
Schedule periodic herd visits with your veterinarian and review health monitoring and herd health strategies.
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.
Sit down with your veterinarian to outline production and management changes to maximize animal health and minimize antibiotic use.
Stay up to date with Pork Quality Assurance Plus certification and make it part of your worker education program.
For producers, this means keeping copies (print or electronic) of VFD for two years and prescription records for one year.