FARM program considering medication, dehorning guidelines
April 25, 2019 By Larry Lee Filed Under: Beef, Dairy, Livestock, News
Dairy producers might have to
follow new guidelines for pain management and disbudding calves under the Farmers
Assuring Responsible Management or FARM program next year.
Emily Yeiser-Stepp directs the program for the National Milk Producers
Federation. She tells Brownfield one expected
change is in the area of managing drug records for livestock. “What we’re looking to do is add in an
expectation around drug treatment records with continued scrutiny over how we’re
using the antibiotics within the industry, (and) the importance to demonstrate
that we are keeping our records.”
And, she says they’re looking
at requiring disbudding or dehorning after eight weeks of age to be considered
a surgical procedure that would have to be done by veterinarians. “From a standards-based arena though, for
disbudding, this would only focus on the dairy calf. BQA (Beef Quality Assurance Program) has the
same type of expectations around their disbudding practices.”
Jennifer Van Os with the
University of Wisconsin tells Brownfield not everyone agrees on the pain
management issue. “Not all vets,
producers, the public, etc. are on the same page about whether or not pain
control for dehorning is necessary, but that’s something where research has
shown that it is extremely important for the calf.”
Participation in the FARM
program is voluntary however many milk processors require their farmers to
The public comment period is
closed, and the technical writing committee is preparing FARM 4.0 for presentation
to the National Milk Producers board in June with implementation planned for
Yeiser-Stepp says she expects
the future will bring more on-label uses for pain management drugs and
additional best livestock practice guidelines.
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