June 19, 2001 |
Land O'Lakes Inc., a farmer-owned dairy producer, agreed to buy Purina Mills Inc. for about $230 million in cash, to create the largest animal-feed maker in North America. Privately held Land O'Lakes, based in Arden Hills, Minn., agreed to pay $23 for each Purina Mills share, or 19% more than the closing price Friday for the maker of feeds for animals ranging from goats to guinea pigs. Land O'Lakes would assume about $130 million in debt, said Purina Chief Executive Brad Kerbs. Shares of St.
December 5, 2000 |
Cargill Inc., the huge commodity processor, said Monday that it reached an agreement to buy Agribrands International, which markets animal feed under the Purina and Checkerboard names, for about $580 million. The deal breaks up Agribrands' previously announced merger with Ralcorp Holdings Inc. worth $450 million. Agribrands and Ralcorp, both of St. Louis, had once been part of Ralston Purina Co.
November 8, 2000 |
President Jacques Chirac urged drastic new precautions against mad cow disease, and a top health official predicted that more people will die as France's proud culinary tradition took a hammering. Chirac called on the government to suspend immediately the use of meat and bone meal in all animal feed amid growing anxiety about the spread of the cattle illness.
April 2, 1999 |
The Humane Society, the largest animal protection group in the United States, has sued the federal government in an effort to curtail the use of antibiotics in farm animals. The group argued that letting farmers use antibiotics to promote growth is contributing to the problem of "super bugs," bacteria that can infect animals and people and resist treatment. Adding antibiotics to animal feed is a common practice, even though scientists are not sure why it helps livestock grow.
November 22, 2001 |
Japanese officials announced that a second cow was infected with "mad cow" disease, the brain-wasting illness that has devastated herds in Europe but hadn't been detected in Asia until a case in Japan two months ago. The government sought to reassure consumers that the cow would be incinerated and that the inspection system was now working.
February 9, 1996 |
A tanker truck carrying animal blood to a processing plant sprang a leak, splashing cars and leaving a 20-mile-long stain on a highway. "One lane was pretty much covered with blood," Sheriff Dan Levens said. "It was splashing all over the cars." A seal on the tank apparently failed Wednesday. The blood posed no health hazard, said Verna Bagby, a spokeswoman for Clausen-Koch Corp., where the blood was to be dried, separated and sent to factories for use in animal feed.