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Merck acquiring owners of Allflex ear tags

Traceability: News Roundup from the February 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Merck is set to acquire the Antelliq Group for $2.37 billion, Drovers Daily reports. Merck will also assume the company’s remaining debt. Antelliq will operate as a subsidiary of Merck Animal Health Division. Antelliq Group, formerly known as the Allflex Group, owns Allflex ear tags and SCR dairy monitoring technology. In a 12-month period ending […] Read more

Merck bolsters animal health unit with Allflex deal

Reuters — Merck and Co. said on Friday it will buy privately-held French company Antelliq Group, which makes digital identification products for livestock, for about 2.1 billion euros (C$3.19 billion) to bolster its fast-growing animal health business. The move affirms the drugmaker’s commitment to the business, which Wall Street analysts have long seen value in […] Read more


Bayer to consider shedding animal health unit

Leverkusen, Germany | Reuters –– Bayer might look into selling its animal health division if it continues to struggle to find takeover targets for the business, the German drugmaker’s incoming chief executive said. “Animal Health is a business that we have been trying for many years to strengthen strategically, that is to say inorganically. That […] Read more

Merck to buy Harrisvaccines to boost livestock portfolio

Chicago | Reuters — Merck and Co.’s animal health unit will buy privately-held Harrisvaccines to expand its portfolio of animal vaccines as the U.S. livestock industry seeks new defenses against diseases, the companies said on Thursday. Financial details were not disclosed. The deal, which is expected to close by year-end, follows rival Zoetis’ agreement, announced […] Read more


Deworming a few weeks after turnout is being touted as a good way to reduce roundworm loads in pasture.

Good riddance to roundworms on pasture

Deworming programs typically target roundworms in the gastrointestinal tract, when in fact it takes a live host and grass for roundworms to complete their life cycle and perpetuate infections. This makes grazing season an opportune time to deworm because the only way cattle pick up new roundworm infections is by ingesting third-stage larvae (L3) and […] Read more

SCA supports mandatory premises ID

News Roundup: Manitoba Beef Producers meeting, Zilmax cleared for component feeding, Merck releases intranasal vaccine

Associations SCA supports mandatory premises ID Discussions during the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association’s (SCA’s) annual general meeting January 22 in Regina gave the board direction on important initiatives for the upcoming year. “Having just come through one of the most profitable years in the cattle industry that really did encompass all segments from the primary producer […] Read more