The market-leading antibiotic for the treatment of pneumonia in
cattle can now also be used to prevent animals contracting the
Thanks to the new Nuflor preventive license, farmers can now discuss with their vet the antibiotic treatment of in-contact calves as a means of reducing the spread of pneumonia
Schering-Plough Animal Health says its Nuflor antibiotic can now
be used for the batch treatment of potentially sick calves once
the presence of pneumonia has been established in a group.
“Nuflor can now be used for prevention of pneumonia caused
by Mannheimia haemolytica, Pasteurella multocida and Histophilus
somni and can be achieved under veterinary prescription by the
subcutaneous injection of 2ml/15kg Nuflor,” explains Schering-Plough
livestock veterinary adviser Andrew Montgomery.
Nuflor gains its new product license on the back of multi-centre
clinical field trials involving 684 calves on commercial farms.
The results demonstrated the significant benefit of whole batch
treatment as a prevention of further disease spread when at least
20% of the animals exhibited pneumonia symptoms.
“In outbreaks of pneumonia, whole pen treatment with Nuflor
of sick and in- contact animals was compared with the treatment
of sick animals only. Five days after Nuflor treatment, 98.4% of
the in-contact animals remained pneumonia-free, compared to only
78.5% of the untreated in-contacts.
Andrew Montgomery says farmers now have the opportunity to consider
the treatment of in-contact cattle as a means of reducing the
spread of pneumonia.
“The bacteria responsible for pneumonia are found in the
respiratory tract of healthy cattle and stress - such as the movement
of dairy calves to rearing units - or exposure to sick calves can
easily trigger disease. Under veterinary supervision, farmers can
now consider treating exposed animals with Nuflor before pneumonia
symptoms have an opportunity to present,” he says.
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