Merck Animal Health Makes Minority Investment in LeeO Precision Agriculture

September 27, 2022 7:00 a.m. ET

Digital pig traceability solution tracks pigs throughout their life cycle

Investment complements Merck Animal Health‘s broad portfolio of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and technology solutions

MADISON, NJ, September 27, 2022 – Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ, USA (NYSE: MRK ), announced today that it has made a minority investment in LeeO Precision Farming BV (LeeO). Merck Animal Health will also assume the distribution of LeeO’s digital swine traceability solution in selected markets over the coming months. Merck Animal Health joins existing founders and shareholders of LeeO, Prairie Systems, Inc., a strategic investment of United Animal Health, Inc., and MIQ BV The specific terms of the minority investment were not disclosed.

LeeO, a private company located in Deventer, the Netherlands, provides a real-time cloud-based digital pig traceability solution for farmers, producers and retailers to continuously track and analyze pigs from birth throughout their life cycle. The cloud-based technology platform provides users with the ability to record and track key life events in pig production, including genetics, insemination, birth registration, vaccination, l age, weight, weaning, location and transport. The platform is supported by an ecosystem of RFID-based hardware technologies, such as ear tags, readers and scales.

“Through this agreement, we connect the breadth and depth of Merck Animal Health’s animal health intelligence technology solutions to LeeO’s innovative digital swine traceability platform, which can help change the way all phases of pig production interact and make decisions,” said Jeroen van de Ven, Manager, Animal Health Intelligence, Merck Animal Health. “Our animal health solutions, including our identification, traceability and monitoring capabilities, and the investment in LeeO will help accelerate the development of this technology and advance animal health and welfare. We look forward to our partnership with LeeO and continuing to build the future of livestock traceability solutions, which can further create a connected and integrated ecosystem for the global livestock market.

LeeO CEO Peter ter Linde said, “This investment from Merck Animal Health is an exciting development for LeeO and will be used to fuel our growth and investment in our leading digital animal traceability solution for pigs. It also signals Merck Animal Health’s continued commitment to swine health, welfare and management and its focus on accelerating animal traceability solutions in livestock to improve animal health. We are confident that Merck Animal Health’s investment will further accelerate the growth and value of our business. »

“The addition of Merck Animal Health to LeeO ownership will certainly allow for faster growth, which is great for the swine industry,” said Doug Webel, Ph.D., President and CEO of United Animal. Health, Inc., a strategic partner of LeeO for food chain visibility and analytics. “We see this agreement as a key step to advance this technology and animal traceability for better animal health.”

Evidence-based animal traceability solutions have helped preserve and strengthen the integrity of the food supply chain. Traceability solutions, such as LeeO’s digital traceability platform, provide customers with information that identifies and traces the origin, history, production and distribution throughout the pork lifecycle to validate claims of sustainability by detailing how the animals are raised and processed.

About Merck Animal Health

At Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, we are united around our purpose: We use the power of cutting-edge science to save and improve lives around the world. For more than a century, we’ve been at the forefront of research, delivering innovative medicines, vaccines and healthcare solutions for the world’s most challenging diseases. Merck Animal Health, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ, USA, is the global animal health business of Merck. Through its commitment to The Science of Healthier Animals®, Merck Animal Health offers veterinarians, breeders, pet owners and governments one of the widest ranges of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and veterinary solutions and services. health management, as well as a full suite of connected technologies that includes identification, traceability and control products. Merck Animal Health is dedicated to preserving and improving the health, welfare and performance of animals and the people who care for them. It invests heavily in dynamic and comprehensive R&D resources and a modern global supply chain. Merck Animal Health is present in more than 50 countries, while its products are available in some 150 markets. For more information, visit www.merck-animal-health.com and connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitterand Instagram.

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