chickensMONROE, Wash. – Livestock owners must acquire a veterinary feed directive (VFD) by Jan. 1 in order to give their food-producing animals health products and feeds that contain drugs deemed medically important to humans. To help producers prepare, a free Livestock Round Pen will be held 7-9 p.m. Thursday, July 7, at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds longhouse, 14405 179th Ave. SE, Monroe.

Please register by July 5 at The event is sponsored by Washington State University Snohomish County Extension, Snohomish Conservation District and the fairgrounds.

To obtain a VFD, livestock owners must have an established veterinarian-client-patient relationship. Impacts of the directive will vary; one example: a popular medicated chick feed will no longer be available to poultry enthusiasts without a valid VFD in place.

At the event, Amber Itle from the state agriculture department will give a short presentation on the VFD and answer questions regarding implementation. Then, informal discussion groups devoted to different food-animal species will engage with experts, veterinarians and other producers to ask questions and discover new resources.

Learn more about the directive at Learn more about the Livestock Round Pen at


Susan Kerr, WSU Extension livestock specialist, 360-848-6151,
Bobbi Lindemulder, Snohomish Conservation District, 425-377-7003,
Kate Ryan, WSU Snohomish County Extension, 425-357-6024,