A new antibiotic formulation for the treatment and prevention of bacterial pneumonia has been released by Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health.

Nuflor Minidose is a 50% more concentrated, but less viscous solution of florfenicol – the active ingredient in the proven Nuflor antibiotic.

It delivers the rapid efficacy entrusted in Nuflor, but at a lower dose rate to facilitate the treatment of larger animals, says Intervet/Schering Plough Animal Health livestock vet adviser Rosemary Booth.

“Whereas a 20ml dose of Nuflor will treat a 150kg animal the same volume of Nuflor Minidose will cover a 225kg beast. The Minidose formulation is also easier to inject with a 62% improvement in viscosity at 15C and 59% at 5C,” she says.

Ms Booth says Minidose is effective against the main bacterial causes of pneumonia-P. multocida, M.haemolytica and H.somni, offering 100% sensitivity.

Nuflor will present producers with an easier route to batch treatment once the presence of disease has been confirmed, helping control spread of pneumonia in healthy calves.