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Brakke Consulting's
Animal Health News & Notes for September 5, 2008

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Editor: Lynn Fondon, DVM, MBA
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Animal Blood Bank
Animal Blood Resources International
Chr. Hansen
Groupe Grimaud
Heartland Bioscience
Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health
Midwest Animal Blood Services
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> Dechra Pharmaceuticals reported results for the full year ended June 30, 2008.  Revenues were GBP 304 million ($549 million), an increase of 20% compared to the prior year.  Pharmaceuticals segment revenue was GBP 54 million ($97 million), an increase of  GBP 28 million from the prior year, of which GBP 19 million was contributed by the VetXX acquisition.  The company's adjusted operating profit was GBP 19.1 million ($34.5 million), a 38% increase compared to the prior year. (company press release) 
> IDEXX Reference Laboratories announced the Equine Respiratory RealPCR Panel.  The Panel combines tests for Equine Herpesvirus Types 1 and 4, Streptococcus equi, Equine Influenza virus, and offers the option of adding Equine Viral Arteritis. (company press release)  
> HomeAgain, a subsidiary of Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, launched its Universal WorldChip, a 134.2 kHz ISO compliant microchip.  The company previously sold a 125 kHz microchip. (Veterinary Practice News) 
> Provimi Group announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Biovet, a leading premix producer in Colombia, further strengthening its position in Latin America.  Financial terms were not disclosed. (company press release)  
> Chr. Hansen Animal Health & Nutrition announced that it has signed an agreement with Heartland Bioscience for marketing and distribution of the Probios FS product line of direct-fed microbial feed supplements. Chr. Hansen will manufacture Probios FS, and the agreement gives Heartland exclusive marketing rights for the products. (Feedstuffs)
> Animal Blood Bank Inc. and Midwest Animal Blood Services Inc. announced that they have merged to form Animal Blood Resources International.  The new company plans to launch a new line of transfusion products later this month.  Financial terms were not disclosed. (Veterinary Practice News)  
> Groupe Grimaud,  the No. 2 multi-species animal genetics group in the world, has established a new company, Novogen S.A.S, focusing on the genetic selection and distribution of layer breeding stock. (company press release)
> US - BSE TESTING   A federal appeals court ruled that the USDA can prohibit meat packers from testing cattle for BSE. The decision overturns an earlier federal court decision stating that Creekstone Farms Premium Beef must be allowed to test for BSE because USDA can only regulate disease treatment. The case now returns to the district court, where Creekstone can make further arguments. (Meating Place)
> US - BRUCELLOSIS   The Montana Department of Livestock announced USDA has officially downgraded the state's brucellosis status from Class Free to Class A. Montana had been brucellosis-free since 1985, but the disease was found in May of 2007, then again in June, 2008. The downgrade means Montana's livestock producers will, at a minimum, be required to test all sexually intact cattle over 18 months of age within 30 days of export. (Meating Place)
> US - PETFOOD RECALL LITIGATION   Almost 6,000 claims have been filed in a class-action settlement stemming from last year's massive petfood recall. Menu Foods, other petfood makers and retailers in May agreed to set up a $24 million cash fund to compensate pet owners whose cats and dogs became sick or died after eating food that had a contaminated ingredient from China. The filing period for claims will run until November 24, 2008. A federal judge gave the settlement preliminary approval in May; the $24 million is in addition to $8 million that petfood makers have already paid to pet owners. (Petfood Industry enews)
> KOREA - ANTIBIOTICS BANNED  South Korea will ban the use of antibiotics in feed for livestock, poultry and fish, starting next year. The seven classes of drugs to be banned include penicillin, tetracycline and colistine sulphate, according to the Korea Food and Drug Administration (KFDA). (Animal Pharm)
> US - CLONED PRODUCTS IN FOOD CHAIN   The FDA reported this week that meat and milk from the offspring of cloned animals are likely in the US food supply; however, it would be impossible to know because there is no difference between cloned and conventional products. In January the FDA said meat and milk from cloned cattle, swine and goats and their offspring were as safe to eat as products obtained from traditional animals. Prior to that ruling, producers had followed a voluntary moratorium that prevented the sale of clones and their offspring. (Drovers Alert)
> US - GENETIC MODIFICATION   USDA said it is considering the need to regulate the movement, including the importation, containment and field release, of genetically engineered animals to ensure that the genetically engineered traits don't present a health risk to traditional cattle, pigs and other livestock.  The USDA, in a posting on the US General Services Administration Web site, said that although genetic modification of livestock "may provide significant agricultural, human [and] animal health, and societal benefits, there are also potential risks, concerns, and environmental impacts associated with the technology that may require Federal oversight." (AnimalNet - Wall Street Journal)
>  EU - CLONING BAN RESOLUTION   The European Parliament adopted a resolution calling for a ban on the cloning of animals for food supply purposes, as well as an embargo on imports of cloned animals and their produce and offspring. The main concerns were threats to animal welfare, genetic diversity, consumer confidence and the image and substance of the European agricultural mode. (Cordis.europa.eu)
> US - CANINE BONE MARROW TRANSPLANT  North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine announced that its cancer treatment program will soon become the first in the country to offer bone marrow transplants for dogs suffering from lymphoma. The University accepted three donated leukophoresis machines from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, which harvest healthy stem cells from canine patients and then reintroduce them into the bloodstream. The College of Veterinary Medicine plans to begin performing the procedures in about a month. (WRAL.com)
In 2000 Brakke Consulting created a check list of 21 questions for our clients that was titled:  "Twenty-One Measurements for Success in the 21st Century."  Earlier this week I uncovered a copy of that document and after reading it again felt it was worth sharing one more time.  This will allow each client or individual to benchmark their company or personal results and actions for the past 8 years against our suggestions in 2000.  There is enough information here to cover a number or newsletters and we hope you find it useful in your planning.
Question 1 from 2000:  Have you kept up with the change of pace in the digital age?
Consumers who have access to automated information systems are demanding more professional, rapid and comprehensive service from the places they shop.  They communicate and transact business around the world electronically at the speed of light.  While many would like to think that the business of agriculture is slow to adapt, that is not the case. Movements to electronically identify all cattle and swine in Canada and all pets in Europe are well underway. In the near future, food animals with read/write microchips will be able to carry information regarding genetics, health, treatment programs and ownership under their skin from birth to the packing facility.  High-tech companies will formulate designer feeds for genetically designed animals.  Producers who can process information electronically will know how to determine the most productive formulas for integrating nutrition, health and genetics.
It appears to us that great progress was made the past 8 years by the industry related to the digital age.  Most companies have much more electronic capability today in their key business functions then they had in 2000.  There will continue to be innovation in the electronic and software areas that will change how companies deal with and track customers of various types.  The investment in new IT activities will continue to be a factor for success in the coming years.
Have a great weekend!! 
Ron Brakke
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