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APHIS administrator shares new agency strategic plan

Kevin Shea, administrator of the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) this week introduced the agency’s strategic plan for 2015 through 2019, and provided this summary.

Animal Health

Study models FMD vaccine strategies

Findings of a recent study indicate that, in a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak, vaccinating susceptible animals living in a broad geographic area could result in a shorter outbreak with fewer herds depopulated.

Biosecurity measures, early detection of infections, and control of contacts between farms also could decrease the duration and harm from such an outbreak.

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MWI Veterinary Supply purchase under investigation

Juan E. Monteverde, a partner at Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP, a leading national securities firm headquartered in New York City, is investigating the Board of Directors of MWI Veterinary Supply, Inc. ("MWI" or the "Company") (Nasdaq:MWIV) for potential breaches of fiduciary duties in connection with the sale of the Company to AmerisourceBergen Corp. ("AmerisourceBergen") (NYSE:ABC) for approximately $2.5 billion. The Company's stockholders will only receive $190 in cash for each share of MWI common stock they own.

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Herd-level ketosis monitoring available from AgSource

Today we have low-cost ways to monitor whether cows have ketosis, including cow-side blood tests that cost from $0.24 to $2.00 per test. In an ideal world, producers would have time and money to test every fresh cow for ketosis twice between 5 and 20 days in milk, and some are. At $4/cow/year, that adds up to $6,000 including heifers in a herd of 1,000 cows, which is a small price to pay compared to an estimated cost of $289/cow/case of ketosis.

But sometimes it's time, not money, that's the most limiting factor on a farm.

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Court OKs release of CAFO information

A federal judge in Minnesota ruled the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may release information regarding livestock farms subject to concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) regulations.

Animal Health

KU researchers developing salmonella vaccine for livestock

The University of Kansas in Lawrence recently established the Kansas Vaccine Institute within the School of Pharmacy. The institute’s two leading facuty members, Foundation Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry William Picking and Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry Wendy Picking plan to develop vaccines to fight overlooked pathogens and boost human and animal health.

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AmerisourceBergen purchasing MWI Veterinary Supply

AmerisourceBergen (NYSE:ABC) today announced that it has commenced a tender offer to purchase all outstanding shares of MWI Veterinary Supply, Inc. (NASDAQ:MWIV) for $190.00 per share, net to the seller in cash, without interest, less any applicable withholding taxes.

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