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Farms managing cryptosporidiosis in calves now have access to an improved pump-based applicator for the 980ml bottle of HALOCUR® (halofuginone lactate), which is licensed for the prevention and reduction of diarrhoea in calves caused by Cryptosporidium parvum.

The new ergonomically designed applicator is easily screwed onto the bottle pack. It comes with a rounded tip for more comfortable HALOCUR administration to calves and a practical plastic closing cap to facilitate improved hygiene between doses. This also helps to reduce wastage and prevents canula obstructions from any dried product.

Farmers subsequently purchasing the standalone 980ml HALOCUR refill pack are encouraged to re-use the new pump-based applicator to reduce plastic wastage, says marketing authorisation holder MSD Animal Health. The company adds that a new pump-based applicator will be available for the smaller 490ml pack early in 2022.

HALOCUR contains 0.5mg/ml halofuginone lactate. On farms where cryptosporidiosis has been diagnosed, preventive administration to calves should start during the first 24-48 hours of life.  When treating diarrhoea caused by Crytosporidium parvum, administration should start within 24 hours of the onset of diarrhoea. In both situations, a reduction in oocyst excretion has been demonstrated.

Farmers wanting further information should contact their local veterinary practice.