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Animal Health News & Notes for July 18, 2008 7/18/2008

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Brakke Consulting's
Animal Health News & Notes for July 18, 200
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Editor: Lynn Fondon, DVM, MBA
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> Vivalis and Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health announced that they have signed a letter of intent for a commercial license related to the avian embryonic stem cell derived ebx technology. With this agreement, Vivalis grants Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health rights to the eb66 cell line for the production and marketing of a veterinary vaccine. (Euronext)  
> MWI Veterinary Supply, Inc. announced it has finalized the transaction in which it purchased substantially all of the assets of AAHA Services Corporation, operating as AAHA MARKETLink, and entered into a long-term sponsorship and licensing agreement between MWI and American Animal Hospital Association.  This transaction closed on July 15, 2008 and was deemed effective as of July 1, 2008. (company communication)
> Dechra Veterinary Products (Dechra) announced it is now shipping the patented irap therapy system to US equine veterinarians. The irap process involves drawing whole blood from the patient into the syringe, which is then incubated and centrifuged. The resulting serum (Autologous Conditioned Serum) contains quantities of anti-inflammatory and regenerative cytokines is extracted for re-injection into the horse. (company press release)
> Vita Flex introduced Muscle Fortifier, a complete muscular system support product for horses. Muscle Fortifier combines ingredients for healthy muscle function and metabolism, normal nerve transmission and circulatory function, proper oxygen utilization and muscle recovery as well as maintaining normal ionic balance and electrolyte levels. (company press release) 
>  Spectrum Brands, Inc. announced that it and Salton Inc. and Salton’s wholly owned subsidiary, Applica Pet Products LLC, have mutually agreed to terminate the definitive agreement for the sale of the Spectrum’s global pet supply business. Spectrum said that the companies were unable to obtain the consent of Spectrum's senior lenders necessary to close on a basis that would be in the best interests of shareholders and the company. (Business Wire)
> Tyson Foods Inc. announced it has signed a preliminary agreement to buy 60% of Xinchang Group, the fifth largest poultry producer in China.  Xinchang Group will have the capacity to process 125 million birds a year once its new plant opens in August. Last year, the vertically-integrated company's sales reached $289 million. Financial terms were not disclosed. (Meating Place)
> Vance Publishing Corporation announced the acquisition of two Internet-based businesses that market to and serve the farm and ranch communities: CattleNetwork.com and CattleStore.com.  Both were purchased from Integrated Management Information, Inc.  Financial terms were not disclosed. (Drover's Alert) 
> Pet DRx, Inc. announced it has acquired the Valley Animal Medical Center located in Indio, California.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.  Pet DRx also announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a veterinary hospital located in San Diego, California, and has signed letters of intent to acquire two additional veterinary hospitals in San Jose and San Diego, California. (Business Wire)  

> US - ANIMAL ID   Attorneys for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund filed suit in US District Court to stop the USDA and the Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) from implementing NAIS, a plan to electronically track every livestock animal in the country. The suit asks the court to issue an injunction to stop the implementation of NAIS at either the state or federal levels by any state or federal agency. If successful, the suit would halt the program nationwide. (Feedstuffs)
> US - CATFISH FARMING   Catfish farmers across the South, unable to cope with the soaring cost of corn and soybean feed, are draining their ponds.  Last year Dillard & Company raised 11 million fish; next year it will raise none. Feed is now more than half the total cost of raising catfish, compared with a third of the cost of beef and pork production, according to a Mississippi State analysis. (AnimalNet - New York Times)
The lack of news in animal health these past few weeks either reflects a number of executives on vacation, or the possibility that everyone is hunkered down with their 2009 budget process.  Hopefully, the reduced level of news is not reflecting a soft marketplace.  While some of our recent field contacts express concern regarding the second half of the year, most indicate that the first half has been positive. 
When you're developing your 2009 budgets, be sure to budget sufficient funds for "consultants!"
Have a great weekend.
Ron Brakke
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