Merck, Sanofi-Aventis call off plan to merge animal health units

Merck & Co. and Sanofi-Aventis SA abandoned a plan to combine their animal health businesses in a 50-50 joint venture, citing difficulty divesting parts of the operation and securing approval from antitrust regulators. FULL STORY »

MWI Veterinary Supply buys Nelson Laboratories for $7 million

MWI Veterinary Supply Inc. completed a $7 million acquisition of Nelson Laboratories LP, a distributor of livestock vaccines and other animal health products in the Midwest. FULL STORY »

Merck and Sanofi-Aventis will maintain separate businesses in animal health

Merck and Sanofi-Aventis announced the mutual termination of their agreement to form a new animal health joint venture by combining Merial, the animal health business of Sanofi-Aventis, with Intervet/Schering-Plough, Merck's animal health unit. As a result, each party will keep its current, separate animal health assets and businesses. FULL STORY »

Take the IVOMEC (ivermectin) Spring Challenge

Merial will continue the IVOMEC (ivermectin) Spring Challenge for the fourth year based on the success of the program for cattle producers. Cattle prices are up, but so are production costs, and producers are feeling the strain on the profit outlook this year. FULL STORY »

IGENITY now accepting hair samples for BVD-PI testing

IGENITY®, a division of Merial®, announces hair samples are now being accepted for the optional diagnostic test for persistent infections (PI) of the bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) virus. Producers choosing to test for BVD-PI in conjunction with the comprehensive IGENITY profile now have the option to submit tissue or hair samples. FULL STORY »

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