The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has released a new manual intended to help improve animal health, while minimizing the chances of unwanted traces of pharmaceuticals getting into the food supply.
The  2011 Milk and Dairy Beef Drug Residue Prevention Manual is a revision of the Milk and Dairy Beef Residue Avoidance manual that was previously published by the Dairy Quality Assurance Center that NMPF purchased in 2008. The manual is only available free through the Web site.
The manual is a concise review of appropriate antibiotic use in dairy animals. It is a quick resource to review those antibiotics approved for dairy animals, and can also be used as an educational tool for farm managers as they develop their best management practices necessary to avoid milk and meat residues.
“I encourage all dairy farmers to sit down with their veterinarian and all employees to review this manual because I think they will find the information useful, practical, and easily applied to their farms,” says veterinarian Karen Jordan, chair of the NMPF Animal Health and Welfare Committee and a dairy producer from Siler City, N.C.
“The dairy industry is committed to producing safe, abundant, and affordable milk and dairy beef of the highest quality. Healthy animals help make for safe food and disease prevention is the key to keeping cows healthy,” Jordan says.
The National Dairy FARM Program was created by NMPF to demonstrate and verify that U.S. milk producers are committed to providing the highest levels of quality assurance including animal care, residue prevention, and other on-farm practices.
The Residue Prevention manual was sponsored by Charm Sciences, IDEXX, Neogen Corporation, and Pfizer Animal Health. No dairy check-off finds were used in the development and distribution of this manual.
Get more information about the National Dairy FARM Program. Or contact Betsy Flores at (703) 243-6111.

Source: National Milk Producers Federation