Chattanooga, Oklahoma (KSWO) – Changes are coming for ranchers and farmers running smaller operations.
Over-the-counter livestock medications will require written prescriptions from veterinarians by 2023.
Right now, livestock keepers can simply go to a farm supply store and get the antibiotics they need to treat livestock and poultry, but by 2023 new Food and Drug Administration guidelines will require them to take an extra step.
According to Chattanooga ranch Isaac Fisher, the change is likely to increase costs for those in the ranching industry.
“Anytime you’re dealing with the health of an organism, you don’t have extra time to waste, so if you don’t have access to that, get a text and it’s on the weekend, well and then we’re probably going to lose cattle because of that,” Fisher said. “.
The FDA’s concern is that antibiotic-resistant bacteria could develop more quickly than the widespread use of some medically important antibiotics for humans.
It’s just an added inconvenience to the ranchers, Fisher said.
“At a time when there is so much concern about food insecurity around the world, and we are making it more difficult for our farmers and ranchers to produce what we are doing or doing, and I don’t know what their thought process is and I don’t” I don’t understand it, but it certainly makes it more difficult for us,” Fisher said.
Tri-County Cattlemen’s President Jeremy Kinder said it would include the most common antibiotics, such as penicillin and tetracycline.
“Part of that is using certain products in those animals to make sure they’re healthy, growing, and meeting their full genetic potential,” Kinder said. “Antibiotic use isn’t actually going to change on our side of the scale. Yes, it’s another hurdle to overcome, but we’ve seen that with VFDs and now we’re going to see basically the same thing with this.”
Kinder said ranchers will need to make sure they have established a good relationship with an area vet.
“We’re fighting a lot of things as producers here, especially in this part of the state with drought or water or electricity, whatever,” Kinder said. “Parasites and things like that, so we kind of used to dig our heels and get things done and we’re going to do that with that too.”
Dr Rector at Woodland Animal Hospital in Comanche said the change would be as easy as calling his office and making an appointment.
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