With the new VFDs set to go into effect Jan. 1, K-State Research and Extension has planned meetings to help beef producers prepare for the upcoming regulations.
With the new VFDs set to go into effect Jan. 1, K-State Research and Extension has planned meetings to help beef producers prepare for the upcoming regulations.

Cattle producers have a number of opportunities to increase their understanding of the impact of the Food and Drug Administration’s Veterinary Feed Directive at meetings across Kansas this fall offered by K-State Research and Extension.

“The veterinary feed directive will change the steps producers will need to take to provide antimicrobials in feedstuffs,” said Sandy Johnson, Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry associate professor and extension beef specialist. “Planning ahead will be key to adjusting to the new procedure.”

Jan. 1, 2017, is the date that all of the changes associated with the new regulation will go into effect. To prepare, producers need to become familiar with the regulation and the associated procedures. 

K-State Research and Extension in cooperation with K-State’s College of Veterinary Medicine will present information at numerous sites across the state to help producers, feed distributors and veterinarians understand the details. Additional topics will be covered at the Hays and Wilson meetings.

Meetings across Kansas scheduled in the upcoming weeks include:

  • Oct. 31 - 6 p.m. MST, CAB Building, Sharon Springs - RSVP for meal by Oct. 25 to 785-852-4285
  • Nov. 1 - 6 p.m. MST, 4-H Building, Goodland - RSVP for meal by Oct. 26 to 785-890-4880
  • Nov. 15 - 5:30 p.m. CST, Ag Research Center Hays - Cost of meal $5, RSVP by Nov. 10 to 785-628-9430, tam3@ksu.edu
  • Nov. 16 - 5:30 p.m. CST, Midland Railroad Hotel, Wilson - Cost of meals and materials $10, RSVP by Nov. 7 to 785- 483-3157, 785-472-4442 or sheilat@ksu.edu

Dates are set but final details of the following meetings are pending.

  • Nov. 22, 2 p.m., Hiawatha, KS, 785-742-7871
  • Nov. 22, 7 p.m., Seneca, KS; 785-336-2184
  • Nov. 30, Paola, KS; 913-294-4306
  • Dec. 5, Stockton, KS; 785-425-6851
  • Dec. 6, Howard, KS; 620-374-2174
  • Dec. 7, Gaylord, KS; 785-738-3597
  • Dec. 8, El Dorado, KS; 316-321-9660

As further meeting information and details are available they will be posted to www.KSUBeef.org or contact your local county or district extension office for a learning opportunity in your area.  More information on the VFD can be found at www.KSUBeef.org .