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New veterinary feed directive discussed at Livestock Round Pen July 7

Jul 5th, 2016 | Category: News

MONROE – The next Livestock Round Pen on Thursday, July 7 invites livestock owners to learn about a new Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) starting in January 2017. In order to apply certain medications to food producing animals via food or water, owners must have an established veterinarian-client-patient relationship. This new directive may impact significantly how some large- and small-scale producers source and use medicated feeds and/or animal health products. The Pen will be open from 7-9 p.m. at the Longhouse at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave SE, Monroe. Dr. Amber Itle from WSDA will give a short presentation on the VFD and answer questions regarding implementation. After the VFD presentation, participants will break into informal discussion groups with tables devoted to different species including cattle, goats, sheep, swine, camelids, and poultry. Lead by Dr. Susan Kerr, WSU NW Regional Livestock and Dairy Extension Specialist, there will be opportunities to engage with experts, veterinarians, and other producers; ask and answer questions; learn about the latest news affecting livestock producers; and discover new resources to help improve and expand healthy livestock production throughout Western Washington. This event is sponsored by WSU Snohomish County Extension, Snohomish Conservation District, and the Evergreen State Fairgrounds, the event is free and open to everyone interested in, or currently involved with, livestock production. Register online at RoundPen.BrownPaperTickets.com. For more information on the Veterinary Feed Directive, visit http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/DevelopmentApprovalProcess/ucm071807.htm.

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