ISU Series Prepares Industry for Vet Feed Directive

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Animal Health, Antibiotics, Education, Livestock, Vaccine, Veterinary

isuIowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Farm Bureau, and the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association will offer an educational series about the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD).

“The program will include a general overview of the VFD, species break-outs, and discussion panels featuring veterinarians, producers, and feed industry personnel,” Clark said. “The implementation date of January 1, 2017, is approaching and at this point people may have some specific questions or scenarios that they are unsure about. Hopefully we can help answer some questions and clarify some of those issues.”

Iowa veterinarians, livestock producers and feed industry personnel are invited to attend any of the 11 session locations. Each program features breakout and discussion sessions, with a primary objective of helping attendees learn about the roles and responsibilities of all involved parties.

“Implementation of the VFD will require cooperation and communication between veterinarians, producers, and feed industry personnel,” Clark said. “It’s important that each party knows not only their own responsibilities but also what to expect from the other two parties. It may be really valuable to hear what others are thinking and planning in regard to implementation of the VFD.”

The series runs from Aug. 22 through Sept. 1 with specific times set for each location. There is no fee to attend, but preregistration is encouraged to assist organizers with planning. Please register by calling the number associated with the session you would like to attend.

For more general information, contact Clark at 712-250-0070 or email at You also can contact your regional Iowa State Extension livestock specialist.