Antimicrobials Resistance Update — 2018

As of December 1, 2018, all Medically Important Antimicrobials (MIAs) for veterinary use will be sold by prescription only.  

Antimicrobial drugs like antibiotics are important to fight bacterial infections in humans and animals.  All medically important antimicrobials will be on the Prescription Drug List – Products for Veterinary Use.

You will need to get a prescription from a veterinarian for your animals for:

— Prescription drugs (including, for example, injectables, in-water and in-feed formulations).  You will be able to buy these drugs from a veterinarian or pharmacist.  Importation rules will continue as per existing Food and Drug Regulations.  

— Prescription medicated feed – This is livestock feed that contains a prescription drug, including supplements, macro & micro premixes and complete feed.  You will be able to buy these medicated feeds from a commercial feed mill, veterinarian or pharmacist with a veterinary prescription.

The Prescription Drug List (PDL) is a list of medicinal ingredients. Any drug containing an ingredient on this list must be sold by prescription.  Since 2004, new MIAs approved by Health Canada have been included on the PDL and must be sold by prescription.
We are now moving all remaining MIAs approved for veterinary use before 2004 to the PDL. With this change, we establish the same level of oversight for those MIAs approved before 2004 as for those approved after.
The following MIA ingredients will be included on the PDL for Veterinary Use: Apramycin; Bacitracin; Erythromycin; Lincomycin; Neomycin; Penicillin G; Spectinomycin; Streptomycin/Dihydrostreptomycin; Sulphonamides; Tilmicosin; Tiamulin; Tylosin/Tylvalosin; Virginiamycin; Tetracycline/Chlortetracycline/Oxytetracycline; Or their salts or derivatives.   This includes all dosage forms whether in feed, water, otic, oral, topical, implant, injectable, intrauterine, intramammary or dusting powder.

There will be changes to the labels of MIAs:  a “Pr” will be on the principal display panel;  growth promotion claims and related directions for use will be removed; responsible use statements will be put on labels of all in-feed and in-water MIAs. 

Proof of Performance:

Paragon Farms – WATSON 2.0 It Really Works!
Paragon Farms have been utilizing the Watson integrated swine growth model for the past two years and more recently the new Watson 2.0 version, to aid in identifying opportunities for improvement and answering important questions such as: “Knowing the genotype of the pigs, what would be the best energy and protein (amino acids) levels of our diets to maximize the margin over feed cost (MOFC) without sacrificing biological performance?” Click the link to continue reading… Proof of Performance – Paragon

Piet and Ann Van Den Boogaard & Family:  Piet and Ann Van Den Boogaard have been valued clients of Shur-Gain and Nieuwland Feed & Supply for 18 years. This long term relationship has been built on mutual trust and respect. “Our Shur-Gain Territory Manager is very trustworthy and knowledgeable. He repeatedly brings sound advice to us with our operation’s best interests at heart. “He works hard to help us achieve our business goals,”says Piet. Regarding dealing locally Piet adds, “I have appreciated the support of our business from our local Shur-Gain dealer, I consider them a valuable partner” — Click the link to continue reading… Proof of Performance – Vandenboogard


Wright’s Feeds ‘N Needs floor-stocks Shur-Gain’s Pig Starter pellets and also can make, on-site, a Hog Grower mash feed upon request.

Below are some articles that may be of interest to Swine Producers:

Nursery and Grow Finish Swine Benchmarking
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Corn Steepwater as a Feed Ingredient for Swine
Mycotoxins in Swine


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Ontario Pork Congress

Canada Pork Council

Better Farming Ontario