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Animal Health News & Notes for December 22, 2005 12/22/2005

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Brakke Consulting's
Animal Health News & Notes for December 22, 2005
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Editor: Lynn Fondon, DVM, MBA
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IN THE NEWS:
 
other news
Biovet
Central Garden & Pet
Compagnie Internationale de Volailles
Diamond Pet Foods
GeneSeek
Hendrix Genetics
Intervet
Intra
Merial
Neogen
UCB
Webster Veterinary Supply
 
 
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COMPANY NEWS RELEASES
 
> GeneSeek, Inc. and Merial Limited announced an agreement to conduct large-scale DNA genotyping in cattle.  The two companies are collaborating to develop seamless and high-throughput platforms to support research and for commercial diagnostic purposes, including sample collection, sample preparation, SNP genotyping, data processing and data management. Cattle producers will be able to use this information for advanced management and breeding of cattle to optimize efficiencies. (company press release)  
 
> Huvepharma Inc. announced the completion of subsidiary Biovet's acquisition of three of Intervet's feed additive products: Flavomycin, Sacox and Gainpro.  Huvepharma will maintain the same fermentation, formulation and product blending sources; only the company name under which the products are marketed will change.  Financial terms were not disclosed.  (Poultry Times)  
 
>  Patterson Companies, Inc. announced the acquisition of Intra Corp, one of the nation's leading developers of veterinary practice management software that is marketed under the IntraVet brand name. The all-cash transaction, terms of which were not disclosed, is expected to have a neutral impact on the Company's consolidated profitability during Intra Corp.'s first year as part of Patterson's Webster Veterinary Supply business.  IntraVet, which has about 1,600 software installations nationally, has revenues of approximately $5 million. (Business Wire)  
 
>  Neogen Corporation announced that it has completed the acquisition of Brussels, Belgium-based UCB’s dairy antibiotic testing business. Neogen will assume the operations of UCB’s former antibiotic testing business effective immediately.  Sales of the former UCB products within North America will be handled by existing Neogen sales personnel. Sales outside of North America will continue to be handled by Chr. Hansen. (company press release)  
 
> Central Garden & Pet Company announced that it has acquired certain intellectual property assets from Shirlo, Inc. including the company's exclusive marketing rights to etofenprox, a leading edge technology insect adulticide approved for on-animal use, for approximately $10 million. The acquired assets will be combined with Wellmark International, a wholly owned subsidiary of Central. (Business Wire) 
 
> Due to the discovery of aflatoxin in a product manufactured in its Gaston facility, Diamond Pet Foods has issued a voluntary recall of certain pet food products. Products included in the recall contain a capital "G" in the 11th or 12th position in the date codes, along with best buy dates between March 1, 2007 and June 10, 2007. (PR Newswire)
 
>  Hendrix Genetics and Natexis Industrie signed a definitive agreement in which Hendrix Genetics will acquire Compagnie Internationale de Volailles from Natexis Industrie.  Both HPB and ISA will be fully owned in parallel by Hendrix Genetics and together will constitute its egg layer breeding division. The combination of ISA and HPB will create a global co-leader company with an excellent product range in both white and brown egg layer genetics. (PoultrySite.com)
 
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ANIMAL HEALTH NEWS
 
> ROMANIA - AVIAN INFLUENZA   Romania has detected new cases of the H5 strain avian influenza in domestic fowl in villages less than 100 km east of Bucharest, indicating that the virus could be spreading towards the capital. Both villages had been placed in quarantine and all domestic fowl would be culled as a precautionary move. Samples from dead birds will be sent to a British laboratory to find out whether they were infected with the H5N1 strain. (Reuters AlertNet)
 
>  JAPAN - US BEEF ARRIVES   The first shipment of US beef in nearly two years arrived in Japan on Friday, ending a two-year absence.  Before the 4.3-ton shipment of beef reaches Japanese consumers, Japanese inspectors will verify that the beef meets the safety guidelines that Japan and the US agreed to before Japan lifted its ban. Under the agreement, beef exported to Japan will come from cattle younger than 21 months of age. (Wattnet Meatnews)
 
> US - NEW POULTRY VACCINATION EQUIPMENT   Egg producers now have access to a new poultry vaccination tool developed by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS).  The CPJ Vaccinator is a battery-powered, 6-foot-tall by 5-foot-long device with nozzles on both sides that quietly spreads the vaccine to three tiers of birds at once without disturbing them. The vaccine is dispensed so uniformly that it reaches more than 90% of the birds to be treated. With it, one person was able to vaccinate roughly 75,000 chickens in about seven minutes, compared to five people taking 45 minutes to get the job done conventionally. A manufacturer for the CPJ Vaccinator has been found, and the device is now commercially available through the Long Branch Company, Inc.  (AnimalNet - ARS News Service)
 
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