Farmers Ill-Prepared for New Antibiotic Regulations
U.S. farmers and producers are unprepared for significant new federal regulations regarding antibiotic use, according to a report by the Farm Foundation. By the end of 2016, it will no longer be legal for farmers to dose livestock with antibiotics to promote growth. Going forward, large-animal veterinarians must approve antibiotic use.
The report suggests that a shortage of veterinarians and stakeholders’ lack of understanding of the new policies will make implementing the changes challenging. The new regulations will require increased record-keeping and will entail a shift in farmers’ use of veterinarians from providing episodic care to giving routine health management advice, reported National Geographic. Full Story