A new directive involving animal antibiotics will be discussed Monday (tonight) in Houston.

Over the past several years, the Food and Drug Administration has taken important steps toward fundamental change in how medically important antibiotics can be legally used in feed or water for food-producing animals.

Now, the agency is moving to eliminate the use of such drugs for production purposes (i.e., growth promotion and feed efficiency) and bring their remaining therapeutic uses in feed and water under the supervision of licensed veterinarians. (Source: FDA.gov) The Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) will consequently be instituted Jan. 1, 2017.

To inform livestock producers regarding how VFD will effect their operations, University of Missouri State Extension Veterinarian Craig Payne will hold a public meeting at the Texas County MU Extension office in Houston at 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 22 (tonight). It is situated in the Lone Star Plaza Annex on Main Street.

Topics will include what VFD is, what the requirement of the directive are, the use of antibiotics in feed and/or supplements, as well as their effects on animal health.

This program is being offered free by the Texas County Extension Council. For more information, call 417-967-4545.

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