YOUR PNEUMONIA KNOW-HOW COULD WIN WEIGHING KIT

23 November 2001




YOUR PNEUMONIA KNOW-HOW COULD WIN WEIGHING KIT

Welcome to week three of the farmers weekly/Nuflor from Schering-Plough Animal Health competition. You could

win one of eight prizes of £1250-worth of Ritchey Tagg Tru-Test weighing equipment. Just read the text, answer

the question on this page and then fill in the coupon that will appear in the Dec 7 edition of farmers weekly

What are the signs of pneumonia?

More than half of all cases of calf pneumonia occur in the three high-risk months of November, December and January, so this is the time of the year when you need to be particularly vigilant. Being able to recognise the early signs of pneumonia and treating your sick animals promptly is essential in preventing deaths and minimising retreatment costs.

What can you do?

&#8226 Check your livestock frequently.

&#8226 Look and listen for coughing, weeping eyes, running noses, breathing difficulties and animals off their feed.

&#8226 If you suspect they may have pneumonia, take their temperature. The normal body temperature is around 101.5F (38.5C). Anything over 103F (39.5C) suggests that infection is present and lung damage is probably already happening.

&#8226 Call your vet early on. The most cost-effective way of dealing with pneumonia is to get the treatment right first time.

What can your vet do?

Your vet can determine the cause and the severity of the outbreak, identify environmental risk factors and the causes of stress, prescribe the most effective treatment (this may include an anti-inflammatory agent), and advise on treatment of other calves that have come in contact with the affected ones. This will also minimise the costs of having to retreat.

The ideal antibiotic

You will only get good first-time success if the antibiotic you use is highly active against the bacteria causing the infection.

Not every antibiotic is effective against all three major pneumonia-causing bacteria, Mannheimia haemolytica (which used to be known as Pasteurella haemolytica), Pasturella multocida and Haemophilus somnus. Its worth checking if your current treatment is effective against these three bacteria.

The ideal antibiotic would be one where there is no recorded resistance. It should also be fast-acting and achieve high concentration levels in the lungs. A single-shot treatment that gives long enough cover to kill the infection offers the best value for money, and saves labour.

Nuflor benefits

&#8226 Proven first-line antibiotic for pneumonia.

&#8226 Effective against all major bacterial causes of pneumonia.

&#8226 No recorded resistance.

&#8226 Easy one-shot administration for up to five days cover.

&#8226 Farmers prefer Nuflor when treating pneumonia.

&#8226 Now available in extra-value 250ml bottles.

POM. Contains florfenicol. For further information and advice, consultyour veterinary surgeon.

Schering-Plough Animal Health, Breakspear Road South, Harefield, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB9 6LS

READ THE RULES

1. How are the 8 £1250 vouchers for Ritchey Tagg weighing equipment to be won? Read the text and then study the question that will be published in each of the FW issues of Nov 9, 16, 23, 30 and Dec 7. There will be a chance to answer all five questions and complete the tie-breaker in the coupon in the Dec 7 issue.

2. The prize is one of 8 £1250 vouchers for Ritchey Tagg weighing equipment. No cash alternatives are available.

3. The decision of the judges and of the editor of FARMERS WEEKLY will in all matters be final and legally binding.

4. The completed entry forms are the property of FARMERS WEEKLY and Schering-Plough Animal Health.

5. The competition is open to all farmers and farm managers in Great Britain.

6. The closing date for receiving completed coupons is Fri, Dec 21. They should be addressed to: FARMERS WEEKLY/Nuflor Competition, FARMERS WEEKLY, Quadrant House, The Quadrant, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5AS.

Question 3:

What is the normal body

temperature of a calf?

Please keep a note of the

answer and use it to fill in

the coupon that will appear

on the competition page in

the Dec 7 issue of FW.

The prize

Win £1250-worth of

Ritchey Tagg Tru-Test quick and accurate livestock

weighing equipment – so

you can monitor how well

cattle recover after

treatment with Nuflor

Being able to distinguish the signs of pneumonia (like nasal discharge, right) from those of healthy calves (left) is important if a pneumonia outbreak is to be controlled quickly.


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