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Brakke Consulting’s
Animal Health News & Notes for May 29, 2009

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Editor: Lynn Fondon, DVM, MBA
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Sanderson Farms
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Delmarva 2000
Smithfield Foods
The U.S. Animal Health Industry: 
Its pioneers and their legacy of innovation
Brakke Consulting is pleased to announce the imminent publication of an all-new book chronicling the history of the animal health industry in the US. This professionally produced 108-page hardcover book traces the evolution of the industry, from its beginnings in the late 19th century battling hog cholera to today’s $5 billion industry.
Don’t miss the opportunity to own this unique look at our industry. Orders placed by Friday, June 19 will receive the early-order price of $24.50 plus shipping.  For more information, contact Jane Morgan at or 972.243.4033.
> Sanderson Farms reported that its net income rose to $26.2 million in the fiscal second quarter ended April 30. That was up from $6.2 million in the same period a year earlier. Net sales fell 1.6% to $427 million compared with a year ago. (Meating Place) 
> Eli Lilly Companion Animal Health announced that it will transition its name to Elanco Companion Animal Health, with the transition expected to be complete by January 2010.  The name change will bring all of Elanco’s animal health business under a single brand name. (company press release)  
> Delmarva 2000 announced the launch of its latest new product, Hyalupet Gingival Gel. Hyalupet is designed to stop bleeding after tooth extractions, treat mouth sores, and promote healing of gum tissue. The gel contains 1.2 million Daltons of Hyaluronic Acid in a 20 ml tube with a specially designed applicator tip for those hard-to-reach places in the mouth. (company information)  
> Hartz Mountain announced the launch of Crunch ’n Clean dog biscuits.  Crunch ’n Clean is clinically proven to block new tartar formation. (company press release)
> A Texas resident has filed a petition against Smithfield Foods on behalf of his late wife, the first US resident to die of H1N1 flu. The petition seeks to investigate claims that the H1N1 outbreak began in Smithfield’s joint-venture pork operation in La Gloria and that the virus may have been caused in part by the conditions under which the farm operates. Test results released last week by the Mexican Ministry of Agriculture, Ranching, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food confirmed that the Type A H1N1 virus was not found in the Smithfield pigs. The pigs also tested negative for other viruses. (Pork Magazine)  
> EU  Pfizer Animal Health announced that the European Commission has given approval to market its Improvac swine vaccine across the EU. Improvac, now approved in 52 countries around the world, provides a reliable reduction of boar taint in male pigs with a zero day withholding period. (ThePigSite) 
> EU   Virbac SA announced the European launch of Effipro spot-on and Effipro spray flea and tick treatments for dogs and cats.  Effipro is a generic fipronil-based external parasiticide. (company website)
> JAPAN – BSE STATUS   The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) adopted a resolution classifying Japan as a controlled-risk country for BSE. The OIE ruling technically would allow Japan to ship a wider array of beef products abroad. (Meating Place)
> US – MUMS GRANT   The FDA announced the initiation of a grant program to support the development of new animal drugs intended for minor species or minor uses in major species. The grant program was established by the Minor Use and Minor Species Animal Health Act of 2004. FDA now has $750,000 to offer in MUMS grants for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009. For more information, go to;jsessionid=VWDGKdTJrhyQRsfyZpqcVYPFJMPy8DV56pvqsngwvpJDTF4hxSDs!-1908586553?oppId=47552&flag2006=false&mode=VIEW  (CVM)
>  US – CANINE CANCER RESEARCH   Veterinary and human oncology specialists in the US have joined forces to study non-Hodgkins lymphoma in dogs and people. The project, involving researchers from North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and University of North Carolina’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, aims to create a genomic profile of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, enabling oncologists and veterinary surgeons greater insight into the disease’s biology, and improving their ability to diagnose it early. (Animal Pharm)
> US – POULTRY INVENTORY  The number of broiler-type pullets (young breeder hens) hatched in April fell 13.5% from the same month a year earlier, according to USDA reports. That’s the biggest decline in that number since May 1992. Meanwhile, the total number of pullets in inventory dropped 4.6% in April, compared with the same month a year earlier, the biggest drop in that measure since November 2005. (Meating Place)
The first annual Animal Health Investment Forum will be held Tuesday, September 1, in Kansas City, Missouri. This forum offers the only opportunity in the world for companies exclusively in the animal health sector to present their vision and business plan to potential investors. Because of its industry concentration, the KC Animal Health Corridor offers a uniquely supportive environment for start-up and early stage entrepreneurs in the animal health industry. Visit to learn more or to register to attend.
How many of you know the origins of the industry we work in?  If you’ve ever been curious about how the animal health industry evolved from its beginnings in the late 19th century to become the $5 billion industry we know today, you’ll want to read The U.S. Animal Health Industry: Its pioneers and their legacy of innovation. 
This unique look at the companies, associations and individuals that drove the development of the industry is sponsored by Brakke Consulting and will be published by Advanstar Communications later this summer.  We are sure you’ll all want your own copy of this special book.  Pre-orders eligible for an early-bird discount will be taken through Friday, June 19, so contact Jane Morgan in our Dallas office to reserve your copy today.
Have a great weekend.
Lynn Fondon
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