Manual Offers Resources For Proper Antibiotic Use

Milk Producers' manual helps producers curb antibiotic residues in milk and meat

Published on: Oct 31, 2012

The National Milk Producers Federation on Tuesday released a revised version of its Milk and Dairy Beef Drug Residue Prevention Manual for 2013.

The manual, which can be found online, is a focus area for the National Dairy FARM Program. It is a concise review of appropriate antibiotic use in dairy animals.

The manual is a quick resource to review those antibiotics approved for dairy animals and can also be used as an educational tool for farm managers as they develop their on-farm best management practices necessary to avoid milk and meat residues.

Milk Producers manual helps producers curb antibiotic residues in milk and meat
Milk Producers' manual helps producers curb antibiotic residues in milk and meat

Additions to the 2013 version include a section on avoiding potential residue violations from extra-label drug use in an unapproved class of cattle, cephalosporin extra-label use prohibitions, as well as an updated drug and test kit list.  The 2013 manual includes a certificate of participation that can be signed by a producer and his/her veterinarian to demonstrate their commitment to the proper use of antibiotics.

"We know that there is increased attention to the use of medicines in livestock, and in order to maintain the ability to use those products, we have to demonstrate that we are using them properly," said Jerry Kozak, President and CEO of NMPF. "This newly-revised manual represents the ongoing commitment dairy farmers have to using antibiotics responsibly and prudently.

Healthy animals help make safe food, and disease prevention is the key to keeping cows healthy, Kozak said.

The National Dairy FARM Program was created by NMPF to demonstrate and verify that U.S. milk producers are committed to providing the highest levels of quality assurance including animal care, residue prevention, and other on-farm practices.

The Residue Avoidance manual was sponsored by Charm Sciences, IDEXX, and Pfizer Animal Health. No check-off funds were used in the development and distribution of this manual.

For more information on the National Dairy FARM Program, visit www.nationaldairyfarm.com.