Are cattle or other animal drenches bad for human consumption or the environment?

Question

Are cattle or other animal drenches bad for human consumption or the environment?

Answer

Firstly, it's important to note that livestock drenches must be stored and used accordingly to manufacturer and veterinarian guidelines, as well as the fact that drenches are designed for use on specific animals, with off-brand use on minor species (goats, turkeys or alpacas for example) requiring written veterinarian approval.

Firstly, it’s important to note that livestock drenches must be stored and used accordingly to manufacturer and veterinarian guidelines, as well as the fact that drenches are designed for use on specific animals, with off-brand use on minor species (goats, turkeys or alpacas for example) requiring written veterinarian approval. When a farmer drenches their livestock, they must abide by the appropriate Witholding Period before they are sold, which ensures that drench use on animals doesn’t affect human consumption of meat. As for the environment, strict testing is done by the regulator, the APVMA, before the product can be used in Australia. Correct use of drenches and programs like drumMUSTER ensure that there is minimal or no impact on the environment and old drenches and containers are disposed of in way that does not harm the environment.

Farmer: Steve Harrison - Giffard West

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