Antibiotic Stewardship FAQs

The FARM Antibiotic Stewardship program area provides ongoing education for the dairy community on the responsible use of antibiotics to keep cows healthy and our milk supply safe. FARM Antibiotic Stewardship best practices are aligned with and integrated within FARM Animal Care. It also communicates about Federal regulatory antibiotic use requirements.

FARM’s Milk and Dairy Beef Drug Residue Prevention Reference 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.

The National Dairy FARM Antibiotic Stewardship manual and best practices are reviewed annually to ensure the Federal Regulatory material, FDA-approved antibiotic lists, and antibiotic residue test kit information remains up to date.

No, there is not a FARM Antibiotic Stewardship evaluation. Antibiotic use and residue avoidance best practices are included in the FARM Animal Care Program evaluation.