Veterinary Feed Directive

December 2, 2019


Snotty nose season is here so don’t forget your VFD before asking to purchase a bag of Aureomycin for your calves!

Aureomycin, an antibiotic used for treating a wide range of respiratory infections, is a normal choice of producers. But before a cooperative can sell you Aureomycin, or any other antibiotic, a discussion with your feed representative and veterinarian is vital as feeds containing antibiotics require a VFD. A VFD, or Veterinary Feed Directive, can only be issued from a licensed veterinarian having a valid veterinarian-client-patient relationship.  The VFD must include all information pertaining to your herd before you, the producer, can purchase the feed containing an antibiotic. This includes complete feeds, medicated supplements, and crumbles.

Here are some important facts about VFDs: A veterinarian can write a VFD that is effective for up to six months. Veterinarians, feed suppliers, and producers must keep a copy of each VFD for two years. Extra-label use of medicated feed additives has not and will not be allowed. The information required on a VFD includes your veterinarian's contact information, animal information- number of head, pen number, the location of animals being fed, etc., and finally medication information- what medication is being recommended, dosage, expiration date, withdrawal, duration of use, etc.

Within the CVA trade territory, we have great veterinarians that work hard to ensure you will have no problem getting a VFD quickly sent to your feed supplier once they feel there is a need to use a medicated feed. Most veterinarians will have the form filled out and sent to us before you can get to the store. Both the veterinaries and your feed sales specialists work hard to make it very easy for you to get through the process correctly and stress-free. If you have any questions or concerns with the process of getting a VFD or what information is needed, please contact your local CVA feed specialists, and we would be happy to help you.
 
by Brandi Salestrom
Posted: 12/2/2019 3:07:07 PM by Kristin Petersen | with 0 comments


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