The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), established in 1916 and based in Arlington, VA, develops and carries out policies that advance the well-being of dairy producers and the cooperatives they own. The members of NMPF’s cooperatives produce more than two-thirds of the U.S. milk supply, making NMPF the voice of dairy producers on Capitol Hill and with government agencies.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) opened a docket on August 9, 2019, requesting information regarding transit times to slaughter, milking frequency, and how end users interpret zero-day withdrawal period or zero-day milk discard time statements found on new animal drug labeling. This request is driven by the recognition that the animal agriculture industry has drastically changed since the original assumptions were determined in 1980, and FDA is requesting information to ensure their regulations are in line with what is practiced today. The full request can be found here.

To better understand how dairy farmers interpret an antibiotic with a zero-day withdrawal period or zero-day milk discard time, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has developed this survey.

Survey responses are completely anonymous and cannot be traced back to the respondent. No personally identifiable information is captured, and your responses will be combined with those of other farmers and summarized to further protect your anonymity. The answers will be used to inform NMPF's comments to the FDA to ensure they have the most accurate information from dairy farmers.  



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* 1. What is your role on the farm?

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* 2. How many cows (dry and milking) do you have?

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* 3. In which state(s) is/are your farm(s) located?

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* 4. How many times do you milk your cows per day?

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* 5. If you are giving a cow an antibiotic with a “zero-day” withdrawal time or “zero-day” milk discard time, when is it usually administered?

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* 6. If an antibiotic is given a “zero-day” withdrawal period or “zero-day” milk discard time, how long do you think that means?

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* 7. If a cow is given a “zero-day” meat withdrawal time antibiotic, on average, how long do you wait before sending the cow for slaughter (in hours)?

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* 8. If a cow is given a “zero-day” milk discard time antibiotic, on average, how many hours do you wait before putting her milk in the bulk tank (in hours)?

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