Livestock owners are going to be affected by the FDA changes going into effect January 1, 2016.livestock

Click play below to hear KMZU’s Amanda Wagner speak with Craig Payne, director of veterinary medical extension at the University of Missouri.

The Food and Drug Administration is making rule changes on antibiotics.“With more antibiotic resistance showing up the FDA is trying to get more oversight on how antibiotics are being used,” said Payne.

According to Payne, two changes are going to happen. It will be an antimicrobial label change to any medically important feed grade or water soluble antibiotic that has a production claim on the label. Those indications are going to be removed from the label and will no longer be permissible to use for those purposes.

“If they have a feed grade antibiotic, in order for a producer to use these, they will have to have a veterinary feed directive issued by veterinarian sent to the distributors so they can get and use those products,” said Payne. “…if they have a water soluble antibiotic they will need a prescription from a veterinarian before they can obtain and use products.”

Livestock owners should have a relationship with their veterinarian and the veterinarian should be acquainted with the care and keeping of the animals.

“That way when this goes into effect next year, you won’t be delayed at your veterinarian office and you they won’t be delayed in writing a VFD for your operation,” said Payne.

Payne also said a conversation needs to be had between veterinarians, producers and distributors.