Schieber Will Explain FDA Ruling Regarding Antimicrobial Medications & Livestock

Local veterinarian Gary Schieber will be presenting 'Updates to Medically Important Antibiotics' at this year's MonDak Ag Days & Trade Show March 2 and 3 at the Richland County Event Center, Sidney, MT.

Schieber graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2003 and moved to Sidney in 2004 when he began his practice at High Plains Veterinary Clinic.

"I am a mixed animal practitioner that focuses mostly on large animals with an emphasis on production animal medicine," Schieber explained.

His presentation will focus on food producing animals such as cattle, goats and sheep, and the Food and Drug Administration's ruling that was passed in June 2021. The ruling will require some antimicrobial medications, that were previously considered over-the-counter, to now be prescription medications.

"These medications which have been available for many years will now be only available with a veterinary prescription," Schieber stated. "This ruling is an effort to promote judicious antimicrobial use in food producing animals and combat antimicrobial resistance in both animal and human health."

The FDA ruling will be fully implemented in July 2023, and will affect how and where these medications can be purchased.

"I want listeners to have an understanding of the FDA ruling and why the ruling is being implemented. The importance of antimicrobial use, the responsibility of antimicrobial use in food animal production, and that these medications will now require a veterinarian prescription to be purchased," he concluded.

The MonDak Ag Days and Trade Show is a Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture event that is held annually to introduce new technologies and provide relevant ag-related education for producers. There will be a banquet at the Sidney Elks Lodge on March 2 at 6 p.m. with a social hour starting at 5 p.m. For more information, or to purchase banquet tickets, visit their Facebook page at


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