People today are more concerned than ever about the quality of their food, where it comes from, and how it’s raised. The world population is growing, and those people need PROTEIN!
Animal protein is a
very economical and efficient way to meet people’s needs for quality nutrition,
and American livestock producers are better at meeting this rising need than
ever before. One of the tools we as
producers have to promote the health of our animals is judicious antibiotic
Judicious. Webster’s defines this as “having or showing
good judgment.” Farmers and ranchers
must be extremely careful about what drugs are used, which animals they’re used
on, and what they are used to treat. Not
only does it makes good sense and is economical, it’s mandated legally.
The FDA has set forth guidelines as to the
tolerances of drug residue that can be left in an animal when it’s harvested
for food. This
means if livestock producers and veterinarians don’t follow the rules, they can
be reprimanded, fined, and lose their jobs.
The next time you hear someone talking about all the antibiotics being
used in animals, just remember: your family physician has fewer qualms
prescribing you an antibiotic than your veterinarian does prescribing
antibiotics for animals.