Critical factors for residue avoidance
Monday, January 16, 2012
Posted by: Dairy Calf & Heifer Association
Brought to you by the Dairy Calf & Heifer Association and the beef checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance program
A lack of adequate record keeping on the farm is the most common
problem identified by investigators during investigations involving on-farm
"It’s extremely important in your record keeping, in addition to
having all the accurate records associated with the animal, that you have
established a documented veterinarian-client-patient relationship,” says Craig Shultz, veterinarian with the Pennsylvania
Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Animal Health & Diagnostic Services.
The Dairy Calf &
Heifer Association’s Gold
Standards III also stresses the
importance of veterinarian involvement and the importance of "keep(ing)
handwritten and/or computerized records of all treatments.”
Being able to prove that a valid veterinarian-client-patient
relationship exists is especially important when administering prescription
drugs or using a drug in an extra-label manner, Shultz said during a DAIReXNET
webinar on Nov. 11.
When it comes to
using over-the-counter drugs, always follow label directions exactly.
"If you vary from
those directions, you have a potential problem without a VCPR (veterinarian-client-patient
relationship),” Shultz said.
Dairy Animal Care &
Quality Assurance (DACQA) guidelines state that treatment records should be
transferred with the cattle to their next production owner or location.
Maintain treatment records for a minimum of two years after change of ownership
or location. Please see the DACQA manual for more information about what to
include in treatment records.
The DACQA program is a voluntary, national certification program
intended to enhance and demonstrate quality animal care practices. These
practices assure food safety, quality and value as well as enhance consumer
confidence in the milk and beef products that are harvested from cattle on
America’s dairy farms.
additional information on the importance of veterinarian involvement and
following vaccination and drug therapy protocols, refer to Dairy Calf &
Heifer Association’s Gold Standards III, animal welfare standards for rearing calves and heifers, from
birth to freshening, across the United States.
GS III - http://www.calfandheifer.org/?page=GoldStandardsIII
DCHA - http://www.calfandheifer.org/
DACQA - http://www.bqa.org/CMDocs/bqa/DairyBQAManual.pdf
webinar - http://www.extension.org/pages/15830/archived-dairy-cattle-webinars