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Brakke Consulting’s
Animal Health News & Notes for May 27, 2011

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Editor: Lynn Fondon, DVM MBA
Brakke news
earnings news
PetMed Express
Sanderson Farms
Webster Veterinary Supply
other news
Ballance Agri-Nutrients
Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica
Eurocine Vaccines
McAllister Software
Mogivet Farmaceutica
Winslow Feeds
AUGUST 30, 2011

The KC Animal Health Corridor is now accepting applications for the third annual KC Animal Health Investment Forum in Kansas City, Missouri.
The forum will showcase animal health and nutrition companies from throughout the world.  The selection committee will consider companies that meet the following criteria:
•         Seeking $500,000 to $20 million in funding
•         Revenue projections of $20 million within 5-7 years
Applications must be submitted by June 24, 2011.  All companies will be contacted by July 22 regarding their acceptance.  To apply online, go to or contact Chris Walsh at
> Patterson Companies, Inc. reported consolidated results for fiscal 2011 ended April 30.  Full year sales for Webster Veterinary increased 5% to $675 million.  (company website)  
> PetMed Express, Inc. announced its financial results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011. Net sales for the year were $232 million, a decrease of 3% compared to the year ended March 31, 2010. Net income was $20.9 million compared to net income of $26.0 million for the prior year, a decrease of 20%. (company website)
> Sanderson Farms, Inc. reported results for its second fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2011. Net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2011 were $479 million compared with $487 million for the same period a year ago. For the quarter, the net loss was ($16.3 million) compared with net income of $35.1 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2010. (company website)  
> Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. announced the relaunch of Synanthic (oxfendazole) anthelmintic for beef cattle. (company website)
> Teva Animal Health announced the relaunch of its DVM Pharmaceuticals brand Malaseb Shampoo. Malaseb Shampoo contains a patented miconazole nitrate and chlorhexidine gluconate antimicrobial formulation for use on dogs and horses. (company press release)
> Bimeda announced the acquisition of a majority shareholding in Mogivet Farmaceutica SA, an animal health company based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Mogivet manufactures and markets a wide range of products and has sales of $17 million. Financial terms were not disclosed. (company press release)
> Aurora Pharmaceutical introduced two new products for livestock producers, Oral-Pro Sodium Salicylate 48.6% and Oral-Pro Sodium Salicylate 60% with 5.7% caffeine. Both products are labeled for use in drinking water of poultry and swine as an aid in reducing pain, fever and inflammation. (company press release)
> Eurocine Vaccines announced an agreement with an unidentified animal health company to evaluate its cationic adjuvant product. The partner business intends to evaluate the adjuvant with five different antigens for various diseases. If successful, the work could lead to a license agreement, once the two-to-three year trial period finishes. (Animal Pharm) 
> McAllister Software’s PetWise website service has launched a mobile app for iPhone and Android phones.  Veterinarians can offer this app to their clients, allowing clients to instantly connect with their veterinarian and access up-to-date health information and medical records for their pets. (company press release)
> EU   Eurovet announced the EU launch of Relaquine (acepromazine), an oral gel sedative for horses. (Animal Pharm)
> NEW ZEALAND   Three of New Zealand’s leading feed manufacturers have formed a joint venture.  The new operation, to be called Seales Winslow, will be 51% owned by Ballance Agri-Nutrients, with shareholders of the other two partners — Seales and Winslow Feeds and Nutrition — owning the remaining 49%. Financial terms were not disclosed. (Animal Pharm)
> RINDERPEST   The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) declared that rinderpest has officially been eradicated.  The last known case of the disease was identified in Africa in 2001 – the same year of the last vaccinations. Rinderpest holds a special place in veterinary history because outbreaks of rinderpest in European cattle herds are said to have been the driver for the establishment of the first veterinary school at Lyon in France in 1761. (Farm Weekly – Australia)
> US – SWINE BRUCELLOSIS  The USDA notified the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) that the state of Texas had been declared free of swine brucellosis. Texas is the last state to be officially declared free of this disease by the USDA. (The Cherokeean)
> US – ANTIBIOTIC USE   The Natural Resources Defense Council filed a lawsuit against the FDA claiming that FDA has not adequately addressed the use of antibiotics in animal production. The suit, filed by NRDC, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food Animal Concerns Trust, Public Citizen, and Union of Concerned Scientists, alleges that there is “growing evidence that the spread of bacteria immune to antibiotics around the world has clear links to the overuse of antibiotics in the food industry,” according to a news release issued by NRDC.  (Pork Network)

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As we move into the long Memorial Day weekend here in the US, we find more to be concerned about than to be optimistic at this time.  Having just driven from Dallas to the Central US, I found extreme variations in the quality of the cereal grain plantings and conditions.  In some cases I observed severe drought that has impacted the quality and quantity of the wheat crop; then 50 miles further down the road many fields had not been planted or new plantings had been drowned out because of too much moisture.  The future USDA reports on the anticipated corn and wheat crop for 2011 will be interesting. These reports will clearly have an impact on the cost to feed livestock and poultry for the balance of the year.
In the companion animal area, many companies are watching closely the entry of the generic fipronil products in the OTC market. Will these introductions be game changers for the veterinary dispensing business in 2011?  How will that impact other products that the veterinarian dispenses to pet owners?  
In spite of these negatives, we’ve been impressed with the positive revenue numbers most companies are reporting. If the first quarter trend continues we’ll have a record year in animal health in 2011. 
Will some of you please provide me with your thoughts on what is happening in the marketplace?  I have all weekend to read your thoughts and opinions. You can reply to the newsletter to send me your comments.
Have a great weekend and play safely!!
Ron Brakke

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