Feed Additives and Medicated Feeds

Bob LeValley, Oklahoma Beef Quality Assurance Coordinator — The term medicated feeds include feeds containing FDA approved medications intended to be included in animal diets. This would include medications such as chlortetracycline (CTC) use in mineral supplements fed to control anaplasmosis, antibiotics used in concentrate feeds and premixes, completed feeds and others. This might be a good time of year for cow/calf producers to review the basics of the VFD requirements. The FDA requires a Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) for all feed-use medically important antibiotics. If a cattle producer needs to use one of these antibiotics, they must obtain a…

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