Pig International - September 2017 - 11
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The new VFD guidelines increase veterinarian
oversight, broadening responsibility beyond
treatment to include preventative measures like
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closely with their veterinarians, the VCPR requires
that they have written proof. For example: pork producers need to document when they communicate with
their veterinarian, each time the vet visits the farm,
as well as document the animals that the vet looked
at during the visit. The FDA will compare the VCPR
with the dates and the animals that are listed on the
VFD to ensure compliance. If a VFD was written for
nursery pigs in September, FDA inspectors will want
to see documentation that shows the veterinarian visited the nursery barn in August or September.
Pay for health now or pay
for treatment later
Proper vaccinations, increased biosecurity and
good genetics are key to getting pigs off to a good
start without the use of feed-grade antibiotics.
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and the feed lasts longer than six months, than a new
VFD prescription needs to be written for the remaining medicated feed.
Some states also require pork producers to have a
veterinary-client-patient relationship (VCPR). While
the majority of pork producers already work very
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Veterinarians are optimistic
that while there is no silver-bullet replacement to antibiotics,
the benefits to better management will increase the number
of healthy animals and provide
more longterm benefits. Here is
a dose of what veterinarians are
■ Correct vaccinations.
Vaccinating can prevent a host
of pathogens and diseases and
save producers time and labor
that would be spent treating a sick pig. More importantly, drug companies can build prescription
vaccines that target the specific strains on farms.
For vaccines to work, producers need to vaccinate
properly: administer correct doses at the right time,
store vaccines in a cool area away from the sun and
use clean syringes. Syringes previously used for
antibiotics can kill a vaccine.
■ All-in/all-out methods. Moving pigs using the allin/all-out method allows the producer to thoroughly