Researchers in Ontario are working on establishing safe use guidelines for meloxicam, a pain relief and anti-inflammatory medication, in grain-fed veal production. The product is currently approved for use in dairy and beef cattle, but not for veal as there is no established withdrawal interval.
Two University of Guelph professors, Dr. Ron Johnston and Dr. Dave Renaud, will lead the study. Results will be made available to veterinarians across the country and through Canadian Global Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank (CgFARAD).
The research is supported by the Veal Farmers of Ontario (VFO) and funded by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.
“There is currently no research around the use of meloxicam in veal cattle, and this project will help in establishing a safe meat withdrawal time for use of this product,” says Kendra Keels, VFO’s industry development director. “Animal welfare is a key priority for veal farmers in Ontario and the ability to use meloxicam will improve the welfare of animals being treated.”