As of January 1, 2017, any medically important antibiotic are subject to the feed directive rule and will require either a Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) form for feed-delivered antibiotics or a veterinary prescription for water delivered antibiotics. There are a dozen medically important antibiotics that will be transitioning from “over the counter” to VFD status.
The antibiotic with the greatest impact on the distribution and sales of milk replacers is Oxytetracycline/Neomycin. Other milk replacer medications such as Bovatec and Deccox are not antibiotics so they are not affected by this rule.
Beginning in 2017, for an animal owner to obtain a feed containing a VFD drug, they must obtain a VFD form from their veterinarian. This movie focuses on feed-delivered antibiotics and the VFD.