http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29861403/ http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/14/healt ... 14fda.html On the surface it sounds good. We shouldn't be feeding antibiotics to healthy livestock, it just isn't necessary if they are kept in clean, uncrowded conditions. Sounds good for small, natural farmers like me and bad for big confinement feeding operations. Good deal...Great. However the more I read about this, the less "great" it sounds, like other recent "food safety" bills it seems to go further than it should. One article said it would ban "7 classes of antibiotics" that are considered important to human health?? I can't find the information that says which antibiotics would be banned from livestock use. If anyone knows where to find that info please let me know. I also read they want to require a vet for all antibiotic use. Whoa, wait a minute, no OTC sales of any antibiotics at all?? That is what that sounds like it means to me. Suddenly this doesn't sound good at all! It is rare that we use antibiotics on our farm. However, I don't know about you all but I HAVE had a goat get sick on a friday evening, really sick with a temp and obvious signs of a respiratory infection of some kind. It was back when we first got goats but I could not get a vet anywhere to answer a phone. So what did I do? I went to the farm store and bought a bottle of antibiotic (it has been so long I can't remember what it was but I believe LA200)I followed the directions, it was used responsibly on a breeding stock goat not a market/meat goat and he had an obvious infection. The goat lived, but would he have lived if he had to wait 2 1/2 more days until the vet's office opened on Monday to start treatment if there were not OTC antibiotics? I don't know but I guarantee he would not have recovered as quickly with as few complications as he did when treatment was started immediately. What about those poor people that don't have access to a vet that will treat goats at all? Are they just going to be out of luck when one gets sick and needs an antibiotic? I don't like big feed lots and hog farms with filthy conditions compensating for it with routine use of antibiotics so I would not have a problem with a ban on antibiotics in FEED at all... but to ban all use without a vet's supervision is a mistake IMO. So what do you all think about this bill? PS If anyone has any links to information about this (other than just the news article I posted) Please let me know. I want to learn more.