Changes made by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration could affect local livestock owners come January 2017. Local administrators of the Utah State University 4-H Extension are helping to spread the word that changes to the Veterinary Feed Directive will have significant impacts on how producers obtain feeds containing certain animal medications. Extension veterinarian Kerry Rood hopes to make the transition as smooth as possible for area livestock producers and veterinarians. “My worry is that come January, a producer will go to a feed store and not be able to obtain medicated feed that they have always used,” says Rood. Starting January 1st, 2017, someone must have a veterinary feed order from their veterinarian in order to purchase feeds containing certain medications. A public meeting has been scheduled to inform livestock producers, backyard animal enthusiasts, and veterinarians of the changes to the USDA Veterinary Feed Directive on Wednesday, July 27th from 1 to 3pm at the Western Park. To RSVP, contact Boyd Kitchen at 781-5452 or by emailing

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