Poultry medications – rule changes affecting small and backyard poultry flocks

Monday, December 12 at 11:00 am EST


Concerns over the development of antibiotic resistance in human medicine have led to the development of new regulations controlling the use of antibiotics in animal feed.  Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) drugs are medically important antibiotics whose use is regulated. New guidelines for these drugs become effective in January 1, 2017. Some of these drugs have been used in poultry medicine.

How will these changes affect small-scale poultry producers? After the end of 2016 a veterinarian prescription will be required to get medicated feed as well as purchase what were over the counter drugs. Over the counter drugs now available online or in feed stores will no longer be available without a VFD. The VFD must be issued by a licensed veterinarian and there must be a veterinarian-client relationship. Small scale poultry producers need to develop a relationship with a veterinarian so if their birds get sick they can obtain the needed drugs.

Webinar: Social Media – An Introduction for Successful Use


The United States Aquaculture Society, National Aquaculture Association and North Central Regional Aquaculture Center are offering a free webinar entitled, Social Media: An Introduction for Successful Use.

This presentation will provide an overview of the benefits to producers of having a website and/or social media presence. It will also discuss popular social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. Finally, general best practices for the use of each tool will be covered.

Presenter: Sarah Cornelisse is a Senior Extension Associate in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education at Pennsylvania State University. Sarah works in the area of agricultural entrepreneurship, focusing on business planning and decision making, marketing, and value-added agriculture. She has particular interest in the use of social media for agricultural farm and food business marketing.

Date and Time: Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 3:00 PM Eastern.

Duration: 60 minutes.

To Register: Click on https://zoom.us/w…/register/c8fca6c8fe2adb29dc2040ba88984b7b