When it comes to antimicrobials, farmers should follow the adage of “use them right or lose them.”

Christine Hoang, assistant director, Scientific Activities Division of the American Veterinary Medical Association, operates on the premise that “it’s better to prevent a disease if you can.” She urges you to follow drug labels to a “T” or be prepared for the consequences. And usage of these tools in agriculture is under increasing scrutiny by the media and regulators.

So, read the product labels. “It’s that simple,” says Hoang. “Read the label and follow it. If you don’t understand a label or want reassurance that you fully understand a label, visit with your veterinarian. If you follow your veterinarian’s instructions, you should be OK.”

Always follow withdrawal times. Plus, perform bulk tank testing, be open to inspections and testing, and keep accurate records.