Residue Avoidance Resources
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) in partnership with the University of Minnesota are provided resources to Minnesota's Dairy Producers on the topic of antibiotic residues.
Letter to Minnesota Dairy Producers from MDA
Re: FDA evaluation of existing antibiotic and drug residue surveillance
Released September 4, 2012
Printer Friendly PDF: 6 Steps to Zero Residues
6 Steps to Zero Residues
Step 1: Consult, develop and review Animal Treatment Protocols with your herd’s veterinarian.
Step 2: Develop and maintain Animal Treatment Records
Treatment records must be maintained for a minimum 24 months. The following information should be recorded:
- Pen / Group / or Individual Identification
- Date treated
- Product used
- Dosage used
- Route and location of administration
- Earliest date animal will have cleared milk withhold and meat withdrawal period
- Tentative diagnosis
- Outcome of treatment
- Name of person administering product
Step 3: Mark treated cows with highly visible indicators – Even before treatment.
- Brightly colored leg bands.
- Brightly colored duct tape around legs.
- Mark treated cow’s udder with paint or marker.
- If possible, - Separate treated cows from milking herd and milk treated cows last.
Step 4: Withhold all milk from treated cows for the complete prescribed withdrawal time. Even if residue test shows the milk is clear.
Step 5: TEST the TANK before loading onto truck. Work with your dairy field representative on the correct procedures.
Step 6: Check Animal Treatment Records before any animal leaves your farm for any reason.
- When an animal leaves the farm, record animal ID, animal destination, and obtain slaughter backtag numbers from livestock market or processing plant.
There are many comprehensive resources to assist dairy producers to incorporate residue avoidance plans into their operations.
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