The new Veterinary Feed Directive requirement has been in effect for livestock producers since Jan. 1. Producers across the country need a written VFD in place to get certain medications for their animals. So far, things seem to be going reasonably well despite the uncertainty that typically surrounds new requirements.
Russ Vering, managing partner and owner of Central Plains Milling in Howells, Neb., brings an interesting perspective to the VFD topic. He owns a feed mill that must follow the rule and is Nebraska Pork Producers president and hog owner who also has to be following the new rule. Vering feels that the new requirement is in place because of concerns about pathogens developing resistance to antibiotics also used in humans. However, it also gives pork producers an opportunity to be transparent with the public about how they take care of their animals and run their businesses.