30 November 2001


Weve reached week four of the farmers weekly/Nuflor from Schering-Plough

Animal Health competition. There are eight prizes of £1250-worth of

Ritchey Tagg Tru-Test livestock weighing equipment to be won

HOW do you win one of the eight prizes? Just read the text on this page and answer the question. Keep a note of the answer (and of the answers to weeks one, two and three, if you havent already done so) and use it to fill in the coupon that will appear in the Dec 7 issue of farmers weekly.

Getting your vet involved

One of the most important ways of dealing with a pneumonia outbreak is to get the treatment right first time. Do it right and you maximise the calfs lifelong performance.

Involving your vet early on in the process is essential, as they can:

&#8226 Determine the cause and severity of the outbreak.

&#8226 Identify the particular environmental risk factors that may be stressing your calves.

&#8226 Prescribe the most effective treatment, possibly including an anti-inflammatory agent if required. Even a relatively small improvement in success rate gives a useful saving in avoiding lost production.

&#8226 Advise you how best to treat other calves that have come into contact with infected animals.

&#8226 Take lab samples where necessary to identify which agent is causing the infection.

&#8226 Minimise retreatment costs.

What treatment needs to achieve

Viruses may initiate pneumonia, but it is the secondary bacterial infections that cause most of the damage to calves lungs.

The aim of the treatment should be to cure the infection rapidly, control the inflammation and prevent death. Equally important is the need to prevent the spread of the disease to other, healthy calves who may come into contact with diseased animals.

You also need to avoid expensive retreatment. Schering-Plough Animal Health estimates that if your first attempt at treatment fails, pneumonia costs can escalate to as much as £104/animal.

Tackling the inflammation

Quality antibiotics like Nuflor give good control of bacteria, but an effective anti-inflammatory product may be needed to treat the inflammation that causes lung damage. Not all anti-inflammatories are the same; the best – like Finadyne – are fast-acting, minimise damage to the lungs, rapidly lower body temperatures and provide pain relief.

That means normal eating and drinking patterns can be quickly restored and the calf launched back on the path to full health.

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

Question 4:

If your first attempt at treatment fails, what can pneumonia costs escalate to?

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


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.

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

See more