On January 1, 2017 a new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation for the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) went into effect. This regulation will affect all food-producing animals –no matter how large or small the operation, including livestock used in youth livestock shows.
With the new regulation, youth must work with their veterinarian to obtain a signed VFD order before purchasing and feeding livestock with feeds containing feed grade antibiotics, such as chlortetracycline (CTC) or Tylosin.
Youth producers should examine the feed labels of products they intend to feed to their livestock, prior to deciding on livestock projects, to determine if a VFD will be required to purchase their feed. If a feed is medicated with an antibiotic, producers need to establish a Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship with a veterinarian, licensed in Nebraska, who will work with them and their VFD requirements.
More information and resources are available at: bqa.unl.edu/veterinary-feed-directive or the Youth Livestock Programs and Veterinary Feed Directive flyer (PDF, 1MB).