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Brakke Consulting’s
Animal Health News & Notes for November 16, 2012
Copyright © Brakke Consulting, Inc.
Editor: Lynn Fondon DVM MBA
Brakke news
2012 Flea & Heartworm report – last chance to pre-order
earnings news
other news
Boehringer Ingelheim
Family Dairies USA
Links Medical Products
Manitowoc Milk Producers Cooperative
Milwaukee Cooperative Milk Producers
Nutramax Labs
Brakke Consulting will soon be publishing our 2012 report on the US Flea Control and Heartworm Markets. The report includes valuable information on the US market for small animal parasiticides including:
 – discussion of the impact of generic fipronil products
 – an overview of the veterinary and OTC flea control markets
 – Product descriptions, prices, and sales for the leading veterinary flea and heartworm products
 – 2012 survey of over 200 veterinarians
 – 2012 survey of 500 pet owners

The report on the US Flea Control & Heartworm Markets will be available for a purchase price of $6,995 if ordered by TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, and $7,500 after that date.

Please contact Dr. Lynn Fondon at (972) 243-4033 or  to pre-order the report, or for more information visit our website at
> Heska Corporation reported financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2012. Consolidated revenue was $16.9 million, a decrease of 4% as compared to the $17.6 million in the third quarter of 2011. The net loss was ($32,000) compared to net income of $288 thousand in the third quarter of 2011. (
> Orion reported results for the third quarter of 2012.  Animal Health sales grew 25% to EUR 17.5 million ($22.8 million). (Animal Pharm)
> PetSmart reported results for the third quarter of 2012. Total sales for the third quarter of 2012 increased 9% to $1.6 billion.  Comparable store sales grew 6.5%. Net income for the quarter was $82 million, an increase of 47% compared to the comparable period in the prior year. (company website)
> Merck Animal Health announced the launch of Bron-Newcavac-SE, a long-lasting vaccine for the control of Newcastle disease, infectious bronchitis and Salmonella enteritidis in poultry. (Animal Pharm) 
> Bayer announced that Baytril 100 (enrofloxacin) Injectable has been approved by the FDA for control of all four major BRD pathogens. With the latest approval from FDA, Baytril 100 is the first and only fluoroquinolone approved for treatment of BRD and control of BRD in high-risk cattle. (Beef Magazine)
> Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica announced the launch of Ultra Duramune, the first 1/2 ml canine vaccine line. Ultra Duramune vaccines are made with PureFil Technology, designed to reduce vaccine reactions by reducing extraneous proteins and cellular debris. (VetSymposium) 
> IDEXX Laboratories’ Livestock and Poultry Diagnostics unit announced the worldwide launch of the IDEXX Schmallenberg Ab Test, an indirect ELISA test that can identify antibodies to the Schmallenberg virus as well as other Simbu-serogroup viruses. (Animal Pharm)
> Heska announced a new distribution agreement with MWI Veterinary Supply beginning January 2, 2013.  Certain products will be available through MWI immediately. (company press release)
> Links Medical Products Inc. (LMP) Animal Health Group announced the introduction of their new Pet Gluco blood glucose monitoring system for dogs and cats. The Pet Gluco system is available to the public through local veterinarians or direct purchase. (Business Wire)
> Vetstream has reached an agreement with Nutramax Laboratories to make its services available in the US. In turn, Nutramax will be able to leverage sales of its products in the UK. The agreement between the two companies sees Nutramax offering Vetstream’s Canis, Felis, Lapis and Equis resources to qualifying veterinary clinics across the US as part of its 2012 loyalty program. (Animal Pharm)
> LifeLearn, Inc. has launched a new veterinary social media and email newsletter service called WebDVM4 Social. This innovative, time-saving service allows practices, humane societies, and adoption shelters to quickly and easily post helpful content for pet owners within each of their social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Google +. In addition, WebDVM4 Social will automatically compile these posts into effective email newsletters. (company press release)
> Three of Wisconsin’s dairy cooperatives are poised to merge next month, pending a final vote from their membership. A merger of Family Dairies USA, Manitowoc Milk Producers Cooperative and Milwaukee Cooperative Milk Producers would create FarmFirst Cooperative. The newly formed cooperative would represent about 5,400 Midwest dairy farms and about 13 billion pounds of milk, unofficially ranking FarmFirst third in cooperative milk volume representation for the US. (Veterinary Advantage)
> AUSTRALIA – AVIAN INFLUENZA  Australia reported a case of a highly pathogenic bird flu virus at an egg farm in the New South Wales region. So far 5,000 animals have died but 50,000 are at risk of being affected. The virus was of the “H7” strain but the exact type had not yet been determined. (Chicago Tribune)
> WORLD – SWINE GENOME   An international scientific collaboration has successfully mapped the genome of the domestic pig. The sequencing effort was led by the Swine Genome Sequencing Consortium. (Science Codex)

The Holiday Season is already here. Next week will be Thanksgiving here in the US and many of you will be taking off the week to be with family and friends. It is a great time of the year!!
The Consultants and staff at Brakke Consulting want to thank our clients and friends for all of their support and business during the year. The year started out with some gray clouds looming on the horizon, but as we close out the year a number of those challenges have either disappeared or were managed by resourceful people. It appears now that 2012 will go into the record books as another growth year for the industry.
The crystal ball suggests that 2013 will be offering some of the same and a few new challenges to the industry. Currently, the continuing drought and the general economic environment offer two of the largest concerns to the coming year.

Have a safe Thanksgiving Week!!
Ron Brakke
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