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Feed Department News
Brent Vorpagel, Feed Department Manager (507) 533-4222

Thanksgiving is done and Christmas is coming very quick.  That means that 2017 is right around the corner.  2017 will mark the beginning of big change in the feed industry.  Beginning January 1, 2017 medically important feed grade medications will transition for over-the-counter to Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) Status.  This means that many common feed medications will require a VFD before the feed can be mixed and/or sold.  I feel confident that All American Co-op is prepared to handle this change for our customers.  However I am concerned that some of our customers may not be prepared for this change.  I would suggest all livestock and dairy producers take action as soon as possible to avoid interruptions or changes in your feed supply. 

First off it is very important to realize the Veterinarian is a key part of feeding many feed grade medications going forward.  Plain and simple without a Veterinarian your feed grade medication choices will be extremely limited.  I would encourage all producers to meet with their veterinarian as soon as possible to discuss the coming changes and to develop a plan for your operation.  After you and your Veterinarian have developed a plan it is important for you to communicate with your feed supplier to make sure that they are aware of the plans for your operation and to make sure that all the necessary paperwork and products are in place before January 1 to avoid and interruption in your feed supply.  After everyone is aware of the plans for your operation it is time for you as the producer to carry out the feeding plan and deliver medicated feeds to your livestock as directed by the Veterinarian.  The final step in the process is for all parties to maintain the VFDs for 2 years.   

With the changes to several of the medications we commonly use at All American Co-op we will be making some changes to the medication options we floor stock at our locations.  These changes will be communicated with affected customers over the coming weeks.  I am confident that these changes can go smoothly for all as long as all parties are working hard to communicate early.  Please feel free to contact me anytime with questions or concerns you may have about these changes or anything else happening at All American Co-op. 

Thank you to all of our customers.  No matter the size of operation or the animals you are feeding we appreciate your trust in All American Co-op and look forward to serving your feed needs going forward. I would also like to thank our employees for all their hard work and dedication.  We truly have a great group of employees that work very hard every day to take care of the customers of All American Co-op.  I would also like to say Merry Christmas to everyone.  I wish you safe travels and many happy memories with family and friends this Christmas season.  Most of all I hope for you the true meaning and significance of Christmas is not lost with the busyness of the season. 

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