Cattle info, BBQ
About 60 people learned more about new animal health regulations at the annual Glengarry County Cattlemen’s Association information day and barbecue Saturday at Pat Théorêt’s farm at Fassifern.
Dr. Darryl Smith provided an update on new rules that are to be introduced in the fall in order to more closely monitor the use of antibiotics. Currently, farmers can buy their own animal medication directly from vendors, notes beef producer Ian MacLennan.
However, under new legislation, suspected abuse or over-use of antibiotics would be red-flagged, prompting a visit by a veterinarian. In the future, a farmer ought not have any difficulty if the veterinarian has a working knowledge of the operation.
Dr. Smith also spoke of stricter traceability laws that would be tightened to more closely follow the movement of livestock. A bar code system is being considered, adds Mr. MacLennan.
Bernie St. Denis also presented information on procedures and paperwork concerning predator kill and/or injury. The message is, “Take pictures and contact your municipality, as soon as possible,” relates Mr. MacLennan.
The day was capped by a buffet barbecue during which door prizes donated by local businesses were handed out.