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Released: Sept. 8, 2016

Veterinary Feed Directive and Beef Quality Assurance meeting planned in SE Kansas
K-State veterinarians will cover guidelines for cattle producers

Cattle on Prairie

COLUMBUS, Kan. -- Beginning Jan. 1, 2017 livestock producers are required to obtain a Veterinary Feed Directive from their veterinarian to feed antibiotics deemed as medically important to their livestock. Aureomycin, an antibiotic widely used for the prevention of anaplasmosis in cattle is an example of one of the many antibiotics that will require a feed directive under these adopted guidelines.

To help producers sort through what it will take to comply with the new VFD, K-State Research and Extension will host a Veterinary Feed Directive and Beef Quality Assurance meeting on Monday, Sept. 26 beginning at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Oswego Community Center located at 203 North Street in Oswego.

Gregg Hanzlicek, director of K-State Veterinary Medicine Production Animal Field Investigations, will explain how the implementation of VFD will work and the steps beef producers must take to follow the guidelines.

In addition, A.J. Tarpoff, K-State extension veterinarian will lead a discussion on beef cattle care that will enable participants to become certified under Beef Quality Assurance Guidelines.

For more information about the meeting or to pre-register, contact the Wildcat Extension Office at 620-784-5337 or the Cherokee County Extension Office at 620-429-3849.


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For more information:
Dale Helwig - 620-429-3849 or dhelwig@ksu.edu