By now, especially if you have cattle, you’ve heard the latest “buzz word” in the feed room, VFD or Veterinary Feed Directive. Curious what it is and what it means? A VFD (Veterinary Feed Directive) is a written statement or prescription from a veterinarian that allows the owner of animals or livestock the ability to purchase medicated animal feed with the FDA approved directions for dispensing.
All this was passed as part of the Animal Drug Availability Act of 1996 to ensure the judicious use of antibiotics in food producing animals. These new regulations went into effect on January 1, 2017 and now a few feeds we carry went from a simple purchase to Rx, prescription required status. We are required to meet the new VFD regulations when selling medicated feed, most notably, Purina Precon Complete. Some manufacturers instead chose to remove the VFD drug from their feed,