There's no simple, precise formula for how to raise the best cattle, and ultimately the best beef. Producers keep looking for better ways and technology to gain quality and efficiency, but those are continually tweaked
Eighteen months after full implementation of the new VFD rules for medicated feeds, most veterinarians and other stakeholders have become familiar and comfortable with the process and compliance in routine practices.
Without supplementation, cattle on grass are deficient of methionine, an amino acid. When methionine is lacking, growth and performance are limited – and cow-calf producers are missing profit potential.
When state or federal authorities conduct an audit for compliance with veterinary feed directive (VFD) rules, they’ll begin at the feed distributor, working back as needed to veterinarians and producers.
The FDA’s veterinary feed directive (VFD) rules, in effect since January 2017, have caused some confusion and left some producers frustrated with fewer options in some aspects of their herd-health programs.
The new Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) will have an impact on how feed-grade and water-soluble antibiotics are administered to food animals nationwide. The calf market will see some particularly noteworthy changes. Al