Cameron University’s 29th Annual Beef Cattle Improvement Conference to focus on new FDA Veterinary Feed Directive

Ranchers concerned about the implications of the Federal Drug Administration’s new Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), which goes into effect on January 1, 2017, can learn about the VFD at Cameron University’s 29th Annual Beef Cattle Improvement Conference on Thursday, November 17. Sponsored by the CU Department of Agriculture and Biological Sciences in conjunction with the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, Oklahoma State University Extension and Comanche Cattlemen’s Association, the conference will start at 6 p.m. in the McCasland Ballroom of the McMahon Centennial Complex and includes a meal by Suzie-Q’s of Marlow. There is no charge to attend.

Dr. Ron Gill, Professor of Animal Science and Extension Livestock Specialist at Texas A&M University, will present “The Real Implications to Changes in the NEW Veterinary Feed Directive.”  He will review the rule and explains the role veterinarians will play moving forward as this will affect/apply to commercial and backyard flocks, household pets, youth livestock projects.

“The FDA’s Veterinary Feed Directive is expected to have a major impact on livestock producers when it goes into effect on January 1,” says Dr. Terry Conley, Chair, CU Department of Agriculture and Biological Sciences. “Dr. Gill’s expertise on this issue will be greatly valued by those in attendance.”

Also on the agenda is an update by the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association.

The conference will include exhibits by event sponsors Phil Perryman, ABS Global, Apache; Ag Preference ACA, Altus; Ag Risk Management/ Apache Farmers Co-op, Apache; Baker Vet Supply, Snyder; Bayer Animal Health; Bovine Production Medicine Services, Dr. Thomas R. Reece, DVM, Tipton; Bowie Livestock Auction, Bowie, Texas; Comanche Livestock Auction, Comanche; Oklahoma Farm Bureau Crop Insurance, Lawton; Co-op Services Inc., Lawton, Chattanooga, Grandfield; Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma, Woodward; L & L Farm & Tire Supply, Chattanooga; Livestock Nutrition Center, Chickasha; Mitchell Ranch, Fletcher; National Livestock Credit Corporation, Oklahoma City; Oklahoma Farm Credit, Chickasha; Red River Veterinary Service, Frederick; Stockman-Oklahoma Livestock Marketing Inc., Apache; Stockman’s Bank, Altus; and Walters Co-Op Elevator Association, Walters.

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PR16-177

November 14, 2016