Register now for CWF or LWF! If you have interest in travel and are a Junior High member or Senior 4-H member, we have the opportunity for you! Registration is now open for Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) and Leadership Washington Focus (LWF). Both conferences take place in Washington DC at the National 4-H Conference Center. Participants will have the opportunity to meet new people from across the country, build on their leadership skills, and tour the historical city of Washington DC. Visit wyoming4h.org today to find out which trip opportunity is right for you!
The Wyoming 4-H Program would like to invite any youth age freshman or older, who has at least one year of 4-H eligibility left, to become involved in the Pathways to Higher Education Program.
The Pathways to Higher Education is a program that would enable youth to take their involvement in 4-H and add a structured learning experience to work towards gaining University of Wyoming College credit.
The Pathways to Higher Education Program is a 1 to 3 year program that is built around a learning base involving a variety of species including beef, sheep, swine, goats, small animals and horses. The program is designed to integrate concepts of breeds, nutrition, selection/evaluation, meat science, care and prevention and genetics/reproduction into a sequential program. The program does require youth to expand their knowledge base and learn about more than one species. The program would culminate with a body of evidence (portfolio) of their learning experiences and a final intensive on campus practicum, which will capstone learning experience in conjunction with the UW Animal Science Program.
To become involved in the program, youth enroll through the 4-H on-line system. Under activities there is a program called ANSC 1009 and this is where they sign-up.
For each year the youth are in the program, they will complete a set of six instructional lectures that will be delivered via a computer program called zoom, that they can complete from home. Additionally they will complete 12 labs throughout the year. These lab experiences could include activities they are currently doing in 4-H. All their work will be turned in and tracked in a program called WYO Courses. This is similar to a student taking an on-line college class.
Once the youth has completed their program work, they will enroll at the University of Wyoming and take the ANSC1009 class. This will be a variable credit class allowing the youth to earn anywhere from 1 to 4 credit hours. The cost of each credit is the responsibility of the youth to pay. There are a limited number of $125 scholarships that are available to participants to help cover the cost of the tuition associated with the class. The link for kids to sign-up for the scholarship is: https://wyoming4h.formstack.com/forms/ansi1009_scholarship_app These will be awarded on a first-come, first-receive basis.
Check out this brochure about the program that will hopefully help answer more questions that you may have. Also, there will be three different informational meeting times that are geared for parents, youth and volunteers to participate in to learn about the program and how the kids can get involved. They are set for:
If you have any questions, please contact any of the individuals on the back of the brochure or your local 4-H educator.
For livestock members!!!
From the AVMA: Effective January 1, 2017, stricter federal rules will regulate how medically important antibiotics—medications that are important for treating human disease—can be administered to animals in feed and drinking water. Among the provisions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will require veterinary oversight whenever such antibiotics are administered to any food animal species via feed or water, even if the animals are not intended for food production. From pet rabbits and pigs, to backyard poultry, to large livestock farms, the same restrictions will apply. All medically important antibiotics to be used in feed or water for food animal species will require a Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) or a prescription. https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/Pages/VFD123.aspx
This will impact 4-H and FFA livestock project members who need to use a VFD product. Begin having these conversations with your vet and feed suppliers early, before you need the prescription and have your animals. More information on this is below and will be coming out via email. These rules apply to all food animals, large and small.
Veterinary Feed Directive Information & Resources
The Veterinary Feed Directive: What Producers Need to Know
by Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
By January 1, 2017, if a livestock or dairy producer wants to feed his animals certain medicated feeds, he cannot simply go to the feed store, purchase the feed, and dump it in the feed bunk. Amendments to the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), a federal regulation from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), make the process more complicated for producers, veterinarians, and feed suppliers.
What is the VFD?
Before enacting the VFD in 1996, the FDA recognized two categories of animal drugs: overthe-counter and prescription. Because requiring prescriptions for animal feeds containing antibiotics was considered impractical, medicated feeds were classified as over-the-counter.
In 1996, the FDA added a third category, VFD drugs, to the list. Significant amendments, known as the Second VFD Rule, were published in June 2015. The VFD concept attempts to balance the need for antibiotic use to protect animal health with concern about how the overuse of antibiotics both in the livestock industry and in human medicine might contribute to antibiotic resistance. The revised VFD rules ensure that antimicrobial drugs are used for therapeutic (to treat sick animals), rather than production purposes and that licensed veterinarians supervise such use.
The amendments make three significant changes:
- Drug sponsors will modify labeling for certain products by withdrawing production uses such as increased rate of weight gain and allowing only therapeutic uses.
- Medicated feed additives designated as medically important, previously considered over-the-counter, will be VFD drugs subject to the new rules. The term medically important includes all drugs considered important for therapeutic use in humans.
- A veterinarian must complete a VFD form before a producer can buy VFD drugs, even those in medicated feeds.
What drugs are affected?
The VFD amendments affect only those antimicrobials that are medically important and administered in feed or water.
An antimicrobial is a “substance of a natural, semisynthetic, or synthetic origin that kills or inhibits the growth of microorganisms but causes little or no damage to the host.”* All antibiotics are antimicrobials, but other medications are not. Ivermectin, for example, is not an antimicrobial, and VFD rules do not apply to its use.
For VFD rules to apply, a drug must be both an antimicrobial and medically important. The FDA website has a list of affected drugs at http:// www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/ AntimicrobialResistance/JudiciousUseofAntimicrobials/ucm390429.htm.
VFD rules apply only to drugs administered in feeds; injected drugs are not affected. For example, VFD rules apply to tetracycline used in a feed mixture, but not if the same drug is injected.
How do producers buy medicated feed?
First, to purchase any VFD drug or feed containing these drugs, a producer must consult a veterinarian with whom there is a veterinary-client-patient relationship, meaning that the veterinarian has worked with the client, can make clinical judgments about patient health, has sufficient knowledge of the patient by examining the animal or facilities, and can provide follow-up care.
Second, producers who own animals in different states must obtain a VFD form from a veterinarian licensed in the state where the animals are located.
Though no specific format is required, the VFD form must specify the medication to be obtained and include:
- Name and contact information for the veterinarian and the producer
- Location of the animals
- Species of animal to receive the feed
- Approximate number of animals to receive the feed
- Indication for the use of the drug
- VFD issuance date
- Expiration date of the VFD approval
- Name of the allowed drugs • Level of drug permitted in the feed
- Duration of use
- Number of refills
- Withdrawal time
- Special instructions and cautionary statements
A producer may not dispense the drug for extra-label use; it may be used only according to the approved labeling. And, because drug sponsors are revising the labels in light of the new rules, using certain drugs for production uses will no longer be allowed.
A veterinarian may not write a VFD for an extra-label use. For example, a drug labeled for sheep may not be used in cattle; consequently, a veterinarian may not write a VFD for a sheep drug for a cattle producer. Similarly, a veterinarian may not write a VFD for production enhancement purpose for a drug that, based on the label, is allowed only for therapeutic use.
Third, the producer takes the completed form to the feed supplier to obtain the feed the veterinarian has approved. The producer can then use the product, but must do so in agreement with the requirements imposed on the label. Each VFD form includes an expiration date that states the last day the product may be fed to the animals, regardless of the purchase date. The expiration date complies with any labeling requirements, but cannot exceed six months.
The feed supplier, veterinarian, and producer must keep copies of all VFD forms for two years. The veterinarian keeps the original document.
When do the new VFD rules begin?
The new rules went into effect October 15, 2015 for all medications previously categorized as VFD drugs. For all drugs formerly classified as over-the-counter but now considered VFD, the target implementation date is January 1, 2017. Drug manufacturers are revising labels to limit allowable uses to therapeutic purposes.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Dowell Lashmet, T. (2016, January ). The Veterinary Feed Directive: What Producers Need to Know. Retrieved December 1, 2016, from AgriLifeExtension.tamu.edu, http://agrilifecdn.tamu.edu/texasaglaw/files/2016/01/just-click-here..pdf
- FDA Veterinary Deed Directive Producer Requirements: http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/DevelopmentApprovalProcess/ucm455413.htm
- AVMA Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) Basics: https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/Pages/VFD123.aspx
- Veterinary Feed Directive – An Overview Video: http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/AnimalFeedSafetySystemAFSS/ucm529868.htm
- AgWeb Veterinary Feed Directory Q&A: http://www.agweb.com/article/veterinary-feed-directive-q-and-a-naa-university-news-release/
- FDA: Guidance for Industry , Small Entity Compliance Guidance, Veterinary Feed Directive Regulation Questions and Answers: http://www.fda.gov/downloads/AnimalVeterinary/GuidanceComplianceEnforcement/GuidanceforIndustry/UCM052660.pdf
Achievement Night is quickly approaching – mark your calendars for November 17th – we will start with dinner at 6pm and awards at 7pm (Set up will be November 16th at 4pm) at the Washakie County Fairgrounds
This year’s club assignments are:
Outlaws and Roadrunners – – – – – – -Entertainment
South Flat Juniors – – – – – – – – Program Cover
Ten Sleep Sage Stompers – – – – – – – – -Pledges
Renegades – – – – – Decorations (including stage and tables)
Junior Leaders – – – – – – – – – – – Master of Ceremonies
Again this year we will be doing a dinner and each family is responsible for the following: (please make enough to serve 10 people)
Salad – Renegades, South Flat Juniors
Desserts – Roadrunners, Ten Sleep Sage Stompers, Outlaws
This is an awards program, be sure to dress the part!! You are representing yourself, your family, your club and your county!!! Dress up!!!! Be there to support, encourage and congratulate 4-H members and leaders for all their hard work throughout the year.