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

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

It delivers rapid efficacy, but at a lower dose rate to facilitate 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.”

Ms Booth says Minidose is effective against the main bacterial causes of pneumonia and will offer producers an easier route to batch treatment once the presence of disease is confirmed, helping control spread of pneumonia in healthy calves.