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Brakke Consulting's
Animal Health News & Notes for March 7, 2008
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Editor: Lynn Fondon, DVM, MBA
earnings news
Del Monte
other news
Central Life Sciences
JBS (National Beef, Smithfield)
JBS (Tasman)
Juvaris BioTherapeutics
Modern Veterinary Therapeutics
National Beef Packing
Smithfield Beef
Tasman Group
US Premium Beef
Vets Plus
Pain Management Products for Dogs and Cats - 2008
Coming in April!
Pain management is one of the leading topics in veterinary medicine today.  While pain management products for dogs and cats represented a minor part of the pharmaceuticals market a decade ago, they now represent a substantial market segment with potential still to be tapped. 
Brakke Consulting's annual report on Pain Management Products for Dogs and Cats includes such valuable information as:
  - overview of acute and chronic pain in small animals
  - review of products currently used to treat pain in dogs and cats
  - estimates of US sales and prices of leading pain management products
  - pain management products in development
  - new pain management products
  - review of nutritional supplements used for chronic pain
  - review of therapeutic diets for joint care
  - 2008 survey of small animal veterinarians regarding use of pain management products
Pain Management Products for Dogs and Cats 2008 can be purchased for $4,995 if ordered by March 31, 2008.  The report will be completed in April.  Questions about the study can be answered by project manager Lynn Fondon, DVM, MBA at 972-243-4033, or email Lfondon@brakkeconsulting.com
> Del Monte Foods reported results for the third fiscal quarter ended January 27, 2008. For the third quarter, Pet Products net sales were $376 million, an increase of 5.6% over net sales of $356 million in the prior year period. The increase was driven primarily by new pet food products and net pricing in both pet food and pet snacks. (Company website)
> Bayer and Juvaris BioTherapeutics, Inc. jointly announced that the companies have executed a broad-based licensing agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, Bayer will have complete access in the veterinary field to the Juvaris mono-immunotherapy and vaccine technology, which is being developed by Juvaris for human health care. The companies will evaluate and execute product development programs directed at immune stimulation and disease prevention in a variety of animal species. The license is worldwide in scope. Financial terms were not disclosed. (PRNewswire)  
> AgriLabs announced that it has acquired the Colostrx brand from Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd, of New Zealand. AgriLabs was previously the sole US distributor of Colostrx products.  Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.  Concurrently, AgriLabs introduced Colostrx Plus to help address the serious challenge of passive-transfer failure in newborn calves. (company press release) 
> Central Life Sciences announced the addition of Tasty Paste Dog and Puppy Wormer it its D-Worm OTC product line.  Tasty Paste contains piperazine adipate to control roundworms.  Its beef flavor makes it easy to administer, whether fed directly or added to food. (company press release)  
> BOMAC Vets Plus, Inc, announced the introduction of PetsPrefer Dog Treats. The peanut butter-flavored treats come in three balanced, natural formulas: Digestion Support, Hip & Joint with Glucosamine, and Soft & Shiny Coat. The company also announced the introduction of RetroSyn Canine and Feline 3R Gels.  The gels contain probiotics, energy gels, electrolytes, and immunity stimulants, to provide a total source for gastrointestinal health. (company press release)  
> JBS S.A. announced agreements to acquire Smithfield Beef Group, Inc., and US Premium Beef's National Beef Packing Co.  The acquisitions would make JBS by far the largest beef processor in the US with a combined capacity of 42,500 head per day.  National Beef will be acquired for $465 million in cash, $95 million in JBS stock and assumption of National Beef's debt and other liabilities. Smithfield Beef Group will be acquired for $565 million in cash. (Meating Place) 
> JBS S.A. also announced a definitive agreement to purchase  Australia's Tasman Group for $150 million in cash. Tasman operates six plants in Australia. (Meating Place) 
> UK   Ceva announced that Prilactone (spironolactone), a new canine heart disease treatment,  is now available in the UK. According to CEVA, Prilactone is the world's first aldosterone antagonist licensed for this indication. Prilactone has been shown to reduce the risk of mortality from heart disease by 65%. (Animal Pharm) 
> AUSTRALIA   US-based Modern Veterinary Therapeutics announced it has obtained Australian registration for Respiram, a respiratory stimulant for dogs.  This marks the company's first product registration outside the US. (company press release)  
> UK - AVIAN INFLUENZA   DEFRA confirmed that a Canada goose collected on February 25 in the Wild Bird Monitoring Area in Dorset as part of wild bird surveillance has tested positive for highly pathogenic H5N1 Avian Influenza. The bird was found less than a kilometer from where the previous positive cases in swans were collected. This is the 11th wild bird with highly pathogenic H5N1 in the area; the previous ten cases were in wild mute swans. (ThePoultrySite)
> UK - STRANGLES TEST   After four years of research by scientists at the Animal Health Trust in the UK, a new diagnostic blood test has been developed to combat the equine disease strangles, the most commonly diagnosed infectious horse disease around the world. The blood test identifies horses that have recently been exposed to strangles. It can be used to screen horses prior to movement, competition, or sales, and will be available soon in the UK. The development of the test is part of a campaign to fight strangles, launched by the Animal Health Trust and The British Horse Society in February last year. (TheHorse.com)
Animal Agriculture Alliance
7th Annual Stakeholders Summit
Arlington, VA
April 8-9, 2008
Animal Welfare: Building Bridges Across the Food Chain
The Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit is the largest national meeting dedicated to educating, protecting and connecting everyone who relies on meat, milk and eggs for their business, from feed suppliers to livestock farmers to meat processors to restaurants and retailers.  This year's meeting focuses on the animal rights movement's war on animal agriculture, and will provide information and connections you need to help protect yourself, your employees, your business and your community. 
For more information, visit http://www.animalagalliance.org/main/Register.cfm  The early registration deadline is March 10.
We believe that the announcement this week of the purchases of various beef processing businesses in the US and Australia by Brazilian company JBS S.A. are worth special note.  This firm has quickly moved itself into a leading position in three of the largest beef producing countries in the world: if the acquisitions are approved, JBS will become the largest beef producer in the US and the world, with about a 32% US market share and 10% world market share, according to some industry sources. The acquisitions announced in the US increase the consolidation on the processor side, which has already been a concern of producer groups.  It will be interesting to watch how the various government agencies respond to this development. 
I’ve been in the field a great deal the past couple of weeks.  Two of my most interesting visits were to veterinary college campuses.  It’s great to experience the enthusiasm and interest of the administrators and faculty in providing a quality education to future veterinarians. 
Various economic factors make it difficult for the administrators of our veterinary colleges to continue to provide quality education without the financial support of alumni, industry and government.  We encourage each of you to remember your veterinary school in your gift giving and support in 2008.   It’s a great investment in the future of safe food and quality medical care for all animals. 
Have a great weekend!! Hopefully we’ll start seeing the first signs of “Spring”. 
Ron Brakke
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