Over-the-counter antibiotics for livestock will need to be prescribed by a veterinarian by 2023

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CHATTANOOGA, Okla. (KSWO) – Changes are coming for ranchers and farmers who run small farms.

Over-the-counter livestock medications will require written prescriptions from veterinarians by 2023.

Right now, farmers can just walk into a farm supply store and buy the antibiotics they need to treat livestock and poultry, but by 2023 new Food and Drug Administration guidelines will require them to go a step further.

According to Chattanooga rancher Isaac Fisher, the change is likely to increase costs for those working in the ranching industry.

“Whenever you’re dealing with the health of a living organism, you don’t have extra time to waste, so if you don’t have access to it, you have to go get a script and it’s the weekend. end, well then it’s possible we could lose some livestock because of that,” Fisher said.

The FDA is concerned that antibiotic-resistant bacteria are growing faster because of the widespread use of certain medically important antibiotics in humans.

Fisher said that’s just another inconvenience for breeders.

“At a time when food insecurity is causing so much concern around the world, and we’re making it harder for our farmers and herders to produce or do what we’re doing, and I don’t know what their thought process is and I don’t know. I don’t understand it, but it definitely makes it harder for us,” Fisher said.

Tri-County Cattlemen’s Association President Jeremy Kinder said it will include the most common antibiotics, such as penicillin and tetracyclines.

“Part of that is using certain products in these animals to make sure they’re healthy, thriving, and reaching their full genetic potential,” Kinder said. “Use of the antibiotic is really not going to change on our side of the scope. Yes, it’s one more hurdle to jump over, but we’ve seen it with VFDs and now we’re going to see the same thing with that basically.

Kinder said breeders will need to make sure they have established a good relationship with a local veterinarian.

“We struggle with a lot of things as growers here, especially in this part of the state with drought, water or power, it doesn’t matter,” Kinder said. “Pests and things like that, so we’re used to digging our heels in and getting things done and we’ll do that with that as well.”

Dr. Rector of Woodland Animal Hospital in Comanche said the change would be as simple as calling his office and making an appointment.

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