There was some news recently about a Kentucky farmer who said he didn't always follow the labeling protocols on antibiotics. It was a painful article to read, because like anything - cops, teachers, lawyers - if there’s one person doing something wrong, it reflects badly on the entire profession.
In this instance, it’s even worse, because it affects all of us – and our entire food supply.
On our farm, we only use antibiotics when cows are sick. For antibiotics, there’s a period of time on the prescription label that instructs you on the period of time it’s in their bodies and you have to dump the milk.
All antibiotics have a strict pre-slaughter withdrawal period, and we always follow that. Of course you want to do all you can for a sick cow, but you want to make sure that the meat from the cow you’re having butchered is safe and healthy. We follow the protocol that years of testing and FDA regulation have approved. The slaughter price of cows isn't worth risking human health.
My family eats the same food and drinks the same milk everyone else drinks – there’s no way I’d want to be giving them something that was tainted. I don’t want it for them, and I don’t want it for other consumers. Label rules are the rules, and that’s what we follow.
The article stated that the farmer has since retired and has no cattle. I wish him well in his future endeavors … in retirement you can write your own rules.
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