FARM Antibiotic Stewardship

Producing Safe, Wholesome Milk

Using antibiotics responsibly

The FARM Antibiotic Stewardship module provides ongoing education for the dairy community on the responsible use of antibiotics to keep cows healthy and our milk supply safe.

FARM’s 2022-2023 Milk & Dairy Beef Drug Residue Prevention Manual is the primary educational tool for dairy farms throughout the country on the judicious and responsible use of antibiotics, including avoidance of drug residues in milk and meat.

Updated each year, the manual and accompanying pocket guide are convenient resources detailing which antibiotics and other drugs are approved for treatment of dairy animals.   

Drug Residue Manual

For more than 30 years, the U.S. dairy industry has focused educational efforts on the judicious use of antibiotics through the annual publication of a best practices manual. The 2022-2023 Milk & Dairy Beef Drug Residue Prevention Manual is the primary educational tool for dairy farm managers throughout the country on the judicious and responsible use of antibiotics, including avoidance of drug residues in milk and meat.

The manual is a quick resource to review those antibiotics approved for dairy animals and can also be used as an educational tool and resource for farm managers as they develop on-farm best management practices necessary to avoid milk and meat residues.

Download the Drug Residue Manual

Milk and Dairy Beef Residue Prevention Certificate Generator

Free Food Armor Training

Through FARM sponsorship 1,500 dairy farms can now access the Food Armor Foundation website and training courses at no cost. This subscription for producers includes twelve antimicrobial stewardship modules covering the principles of the Food Armor HACCP Proper Drug Use program. 

These training modules can serve as a valuable training tool for all employees, especially those who administer antibiotics on farm. The training emphasizes the six steps of the Food Armor HACCP for Proper Drug Use program which include the vet-client-patient relationship (VCPR), drug list, protocols, standard operating procedures, records and oversight. Courses are available in both English and Spanish. 

To get FARM-sponsored access, enter the coupon code “NMPF2022” in the subscription area of the Food Armor producer website. Click here for step-by-step instructions. 

The Food Armor HACCP Proper Drug Use program has been effective in reducing drug residues in milk and meat by focusing on disease prevention and prudent use of antimicrobials when needed on farm. This aids in building transparency and accountability for consumers as well as decreasing the chances of antimicrobial resistance in animals and people. 

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Since 2011, 0 retail-ready milk products have tested positive for traces of antibiotics. All milk is screened for antibiotics and any load that tests positive for a drug residue is discarded and never sold.

 

Featured Resources

DRM Certificate

2022 Milk & Dairy Beef Drug Residue Prevention Manual

Recommended Drug List Form

Fillable Daily Treatment Record

Daily Treatment Record

Fillable Animal Treatment Record

Individual Animal Treatment Record