Veal Workshop to Focus on Antibiotic Use

Education is key to helping veal producers prepare for proposed changes in antibiotic availability

Concern over antimicrobial resistance and human health is changing the way livestock producers use antibiotics. Veal Farmers of Ontario (VFO) will be hosting a workshop for producers on antibiotic use in veal cattle. The workshop is scheduled for Thursday November 26th and will be held in Woodstock.  Producers are encouraged to attend this educational event to learn more about managing antibiotic use on their own operations.

The workshops will be of benefit to all veal producers. “Access to effective livestock pharmaceuticals to help maintain animal health on our farms is very important” stated VFO Chair Brian Keunen. Proposed changes to the regulations will directly impact veal production.  It is important for veal producers to learn about these proposed changes and what they can do to adapt their production systems.

“Antimicrobial resistance is a major public health and animal health issue” stated Dr. Maureen Anderson, Lead Vet, Animal Health & Welfare (Vet Science & Policy Unit Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)).   She added that “finding ways to decrease antimicrobial use by improving on-farm practices is key to meeting changing consumer demands and decreasing the risk of antimicrobial resistance.”  Dr. Anderson is a workshop speaker and will introduce antimicrobial resistance, some actions being taken to combat it, and how veal producers can help their industry by using antibiotics wisely.

Knowing which drug to use and when to use it is critical to making wise treatment choices, Dr. David Renaud from the University of Guelph will give an overview of antibiotics and explain the differences between a first line drug and a last resort drug and how the two work completely differently.

In addition to the education portion of the workshop, Jennifer Bullock, VFO Projects Manager, will introduce the new Veal Market Report App and welcome producer feedback. The app was developed in partnership with Farms.com and is a great tool to help producers utilize technology for on-the-go business management.

The workshop is being held at OMAFRA’s Woodstock Office at 6:30pm on Thursday November 26, 2015. The workshop is free to producers; but participants must register in advance. For more information or to register, please call the VFO office at 519-824-2942 or visit the website at ontarioveal.on.ca/2015-antibiotic-use-workshop/.