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Pig Health & Disease / Sows & Hogs / North America
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The new VFD guidelines increase veterinarian oversight, broadening responsibility beyond treatment to include preventative measures like nutrition. | auremar, Adobe Stock Photo
on September 18, 2017

US pig industry sees move from antibiotics as opportunity

New guidelines significantly change how antibiotics have been used in the U.S. swine industry for decades.

Pig International exclusive article:

Pigs that were born after the veterinary feed directive (VFD) went into affect in January are now reaching market weight and giving the 60,000 pork producers in the U.S. a glimpse at how eliminating feed-grade antibiotics impacts the industry.

Read the entire article in the September issue of Pig International.

The U.S. is actively trying to reduce the use of antibiotics in the animal industry and eliminate the use of feed-grade antibiotics for growth promotion. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 60 percent of the weight volume of drugs sold in 2015 were over-the-counter drugs for animal use that are also considered important for human use.

You'll learn about stewardship efforts from the pork industry:

  • If it isn’t written down — it didn’t happen
  • Pay for health now or pay for treatment later
  • Correct vaccinations
  • All-in/all-out methods
  • Gilts raised onsite
  • Heavier weaning weights
  • Additives, probiotics and enzymes

The VFD guidelines are a testament from the industry to show how they are working with consumers to be better stewards. Only time will tell how successful the VFD is for the industry.  Nevertheless, the industry sees the move away from antibiotics as inevitable and as an opportunity to substitute feed-grade antibiotics with investments in better biosecurity, nutrition and genetics. Read the entire article to learn more.

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