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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Further Consolidation in Global Animal Health Market

Sanofi-Aventis and Merck & Co., Inc. announced last week that they have signed a definitive agreement under which Merck will sell its 50 per cent interest in the companies' current animal health joint venture, Merial Limited (Merial), to Sanofi-Aventis for US$4 billion.

Merial was formed in 1997 as a 50/50 joint venture between Merck and Sanofi-Aventis. Following the close of the transaction, Sanofi-Aventis will own 100 per cent of Merial.

In addition to the Merial agreement, Merck, Sanofi-Aventis and Schering-Plough announced the signing of a agreement, which would allow Sanofi-Aventis – following the closing of the Merck/Schering-Plough merger – to combine the Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health business with Merial to form an animal health joint venture that would be owned equally by the new Merck and Sanofi-Aventis.

Following on from the news the previous week that the European Commission has cleared Pfizer's proposed acquisition of Wyeth (including Fort Dodge Animal Health) subject to conditions, are we soon to witness a battle for domination of the global animal health market?

'Acquisition Fever' seems to have been in the air all over the world of late. Global leader in animal feed, Nutreco, has agreed to buy Cargill's animal nutrition business in Spain and Portugal.

And finally, Australia has reported its first case of influenza A/H1N1 in pigs at a farm in New South Wales.

Jackie Linden



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

Review of On–Farm Intervention Strategies against Salmonella
A 40-page report summarising the available scientific literature on various aspects of Salmonella on pig farms has been written by R. Friendship of the University of Guelph in Canada and published by BPEX. The authors' findings and recommendations have been summarised for ThePigSite by editor, Jackie Linden.
Benchmarking and Tools to Maximise Profit
At this year's London Swine Conference, Greg Bilbrey of Agri Stats Inc. explained the benefits of benchmarking to optimise the business.
Effects of Ambient Temperature and Transportation Distances on the Resulting Pork Quality
Factors beyond the farm gate can affect the quality pork product, among them temperature and time in transport. This study, by Ray Hansen (Iowa State University) and Kelly and Nina Biensen (Eden Natural State Center) examines how these factors affect producers selling in the niche pork market. It was published by Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.
Rectal Prolapse and Rectal Stricture
Pig veterinarian, Mark White, explains the causes, identification and treatment of these conditions in the July 2009 Health Bulletin from NADIS.
Soluble Non-Starch Polysaccharides Decrease Nutrient Digestibility and Ammonia Emission While Increasing Manure Odour
The use of soluble non-starch polysaccharide (NSP; guar gum) reduced ammonia emission in aged manure but decreased nutrient digestibility and increased odour emissions, thus limiting its environmental benefits. These are the conclusions from Eric van Heugten in an article published in the July 2009 issue of Swine News from North Carolina State University.
The Rational Use of Antibiotics in Relation to Antibiotic Resistance
David Burch (Octagon Services) reviews the current understanding of pharmacokinetics in pigs, the pharmacodynamic information that may be developed in clinical and university laboratories. He also describes how these can be integrated so that the use, dose and route of antibiotic and the possibilities of resistance development avoidance can also be included in the decision-making processes for antimicrobial use.
Walking the Pens
* Company News

Sanofi-Aventis to Acquire Merck's Interest in Merial
GLOBAL - Sanofi-Aventis and Merck & Co., Inc. today announced that the companies have signed a definitive agreement under which Merck will sell its 50 per cent interest in the companies' current animal health joint venture, Merial Limited (Merial), to Sanofi-Aventis for $4 billion (US) in cash.
Boehringer Ingelheim Sees Sales Rise
GLOBAL - The pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim saw sales rise by 8.3 per cent in the first six months of 2009 compared to the previous year and because of a positive exchange rate this translated into growth of 15.7 per cent.
Big Dutchman Feeding Technology Worth the Trip
GERMANY - Big Dutchman-pig production technology enjoys an excellent reputation in Canada.
Virtual Walking the Pens - Software Update
US - If you missed the earlier news, you can now access the "Virtual Walking the Pens" game on ThePigSite.com.
New Assignment for 'Virtual Walk the Pens'
US - The latest assignment for Pfizer Animal Health's 'Virtual Walk the Pens' simulator has just been released. In the third scenario, the players' wean-to-finish operation is experiencing sudden deaths, and they must find out why.
New Assisted Boar Collection System
FRANCE - IMV Technologies is introducing a new assisted boar collection system, Safemate.
Aurofac / Aureomycin - Justified, Reliable
* Global Pig Industry News

United Kingdom

» Seeking a New Editorial Challenge?
» Sandwich Waste: Pigs Get the Crusts
» Supply and Demand More Closely Balanced
» £100M Boost for Animal Health Research
» BPEX Strengthens Technical Team
» EBLEX and BPEX Relocate To Stoneleigh
» How to Improve Outdoor Huts for Sows and Piglets
» A Spluttering Trade
» Swine Dysentery Charter Formed for Yorkshire
» 5th Quarter Blueprint for Scottish Abattoirs

United States

» Meat May Pose Danger to Some Patients
» No Antibiotics Amendment, Groups Urge Speaker
» Weekly Outlook: Corn Prices Looking For Direction
» Market Preview: No Gain Without Some Pain
» US Livestock Industry Under Stress
» Ag Secretary Announces International Grants
» The Right Time for New Food Safety Legislation?
» President Commends House over Food Safety Bill
» NPPC 'Pleased' Food Safety Bill Has Passed
» IPE/IFE Pre-Registration Opens Online
» Record High Red Meat Production for June
» Weekly Roberts Report
» CME: Pork Index Strong on Consumer Level
» Weekly Review: Pork Demand Up at Consumer Level
» CME: Steady Retreat in Hog Prices Novartis Animal Health
Viet Nam

» Pig Farm Waste Overflows into Southern River
» New Move to Boost Food Safety
» Creek Gets Double Dose of Pig Waste

Canada

» Researcher Wins Animal Science Award
» Industry Unveils Proposal to Maintain Pig Production
» CPC Responds to Statement Issued by NPPC
» Management of Pandemic H1N1 in Swine Herds
» US Must Match Canadian Swine Reductions
» CPC Insists Requested Loans are Trade Friendly
» Maple Leaf: Dramatic Turn-around in Profitability
» Maple Leaf Earnings Rise
» Study to Influence Pen Configuration and Group Size

European Union

» EU Pig Prices: Quotations Widely Unchanged
» Nutreco Acquires Cargill's Animal Nutrition in Iberia

Ireland

» Agriculture Minister Outlines Pig Scheme Genepacker 90 Gilt from JSR Genetics
Netherlands

» Nutreco Reports Half-Year Revenues as Expected

Denmark

» Danish Institutes Merge

Australia

» Australia's First Case of Influenza A at Piggery

China

» Report Published on China's Meat Market

Malaysia

» Sabah Govt Has No Plans to Close Down Farms

South Africa

» SA Trade Embargo Frustrates Brazilian Producers

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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