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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 30 July 2009
Thursday 30th July 2009
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Editorial - Further Consolidation in Global Animal Health Market

Sanofi-Aventis and Merck & Co., Inc. have today 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 late last 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 the battle for domination of the global animal health market?

'Acquisition Fever' seems to have been in the air all over the world this week.

Global leader in animal feed, Nutreco, has agreed to buy Cargill's animal nutrition business in Spain and Portugal. In Mexico, Industrias Bachoco has strengthened its position further by acquiring a feed mill and a chicken processing plant as well as increasing its breeder and incubation capacity. And in Brazil, Marfrig has signed an agreement with Banco do Brasil to the tune of around US$26 million to support its partner breeders to invest in the construction of 744 new poultry houses.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Sugarcane By-Product Can Reduce Feed Costs
Researchers in Bangalore have published two papers in International Journal of Poultry Science into the effects of feeding different levels of sugarcane press residue, with and without various feed additives, to poultry. Their results, summarised here by ThePoultrySite editor Jackie Linden, suggest that the product can be included at levels of up to 10 per cent in the diets of broilers and laying hens without adverse effects on product quality.
Water Hardness Plays a Role in Removing Bacteria from Chicken Skin
Reducing water hardness may increase its ability to remove bacteria from broiler chicken skin during processing, according to USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in Athens, Georgia.
Why Should Orego-Stim Be Used When Feed Costs Are Increasing?
Orego-Stim, a phytogenic feed additive containing natural essential oils from Meriden Animal Health, can help broiler integrators worldwide not only to pull through these difficult economic times but to thrive and prosper. How it can do so is presented in Meriden's Technical Bulletin No. 22.
Site of Injection Crucial to In Ovo Vaccination
A commercial hatchery trial by Pfizer Animal Health proves the viability of site of injection in ovo for optimal flock immunisation.
UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - July 2009
By Defra. This monthly publication combines the UK Hatcheries Survey and Poultry Slaughterhouse Survey results together with other Defra statistics, and trade data.
Merial Gallimune Flu H5N9
* 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.
Success at Agrena for Hubbard and CPGP
EGYPT - Hubbard and Cairo Poultry Grand Parent Company (CPGP) met with their leading customers at the Agrena exhibition earlier this month.
Cobb Sets up New African Company
GLOBAL - A new company, Cobb Africa, has been set up to expand the breed's activities across the continent with Patrick Murphy appointed general manager.
* Global Poultry Industry News


 » BIRD FLU: Click here for this week's bird flu news
 » China, US Trade Dispute Gains WTO Attention
 » Nutreco Acquires Cargill's Animal Nutrition in Iberia

   European Union

 » EFSA Seeks Expert Opinions on Broiler Welfare
 » Authorisation of GM Maize in EU Moves Closer
 » New EU Import Controls on Feed Ingredients
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   United States

 » Meat, Poultry are Major Sources of PBDE Exposure
 » New Process Turns Feather Meal into Biodiesel
 » Applegate Receives Poultry Nutrition Award
 » Perdue and Poet Partner to Market DDGs
 » Sanderson Farms Confirms Investment Plans
 » No Antibiotic Residues Detected in DDGS
 » Two Pilgrim's Pride Processing Plants to Close
 » Meat May Pose Danger to Some Patients
 » Industry Says Food Safety Will Cost Consumers
 » Genetic Markers Allow More Tailored Breeds
 » Ag Secretary Announces International Grants
 » International Egg and Poultry Review
 » Two Per Cent Fall in US RTC Weight in June
 » Weekly Outlook: Corn Prices Looking For Direction
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report

   Saudi Arabia

 » Saudi Importers Cast an Eye on US Sorghum, DDGS


 » More Smuggled Chicks Destroyed in Nepal
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 » Maple Leaf Endorses Report Recommendations
 » Weatherill Report Expected to Improve Food Safety


 » Call for Govt Funds for India's Processing Sector
 » Government Extends Tax Deal for Processors
 » New Solution Found to Disposal of Feather Waste

   South Africa

 » South African Poultry Company Merger Stumbles


 » Report Predicts Growth in Italian Poultry Sector


 » Further Growth in Ukraine's Poultry Output
 » Poultry Prices Shoot up in Ukraine


 » Malaysian Producers Fear Imports from Thailand
 » Advice on Fighting Flies on Farms


 » Association Sets Target of 32m Birds


 » Bachoco Reports Higher Q2 Sales, Margin
 » Industrias Bachoco on the Acquisition Trail


 » Producers Request Product Subsidy


 » Turkey Doubles Poultry Exports

   United Kingdom

 » Seeking a New Editorial Challenge?
 » £100M Boost for Animal Health Research
 » Valuable Products from New Litter Process
 » Comment on Salmonella Programme for Turkeys
 » Industry Groups Oppose New Animal Health Body


 » Brasil Foods Aims to Raise 5.29 Billion Reais
 » Marfrig Invests in its Integrated Chicken Producers


 » New Coating Claimed to Cut Disease Costs


 » Jamaica Broilers Refinances Debt

   Viet Nam

 » New Move to Boost Food Safety


 » Nutreco Reports Half-Year Revenues as Expected


 » Officials Concerned over Health of Cambodian Poultry


 » Plan to Boost Bahrain's Poultry Sector


 » Ghana's Farmers Need Govt Help over Feed Prices

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