Merck Animal Health to acquire Vence

MADISON, NJ–(BUSINESS WIRE)–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), has announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement whereby Merck Santé Animale will acquire Vence from its founders and shareholders. Vence is an innovator in virtual fencing for rotational grazing and livestock management. The acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter of 2022, subject to customary closing conditions. Specific terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Vence, a private company, provides enhanced technology to producers and ranchers to track, monitor and manage the movement of livestock through a high-tech platform of virtual fencing solutions. Using a computer or smartphone, customers have the ability to manage livestock movements and facilitate rotational grazing. Vence’s virtual fencing technology can reduce the need for fencing to subdivide pastures and allows producers and ranchers to manage their livestock and grass inventory, while reducing labor and material costs. fencing.

“The acquisition of Vence will expand our portfolio with complementary products and technologies to advance animal health and welfare and outcomes for our customers,” said Rick DeLuca, President of Merck Animal Health. “Vence fits naturally into Merck Santé Animale’s growing portfolio of animal intelligence products, which includes identification, traceability and surveillance products. This new technology will give cow-calf producers the ability to track their cattle and move them from pasture to pasture.

“I believe Merck Animal Health is the best long-term home for this technology and our team. Their unparalleled animal husbandry expertise, ability to develop and scale hardware products, high quality customer support, and a strong global footprint to expand Vence’s market reach makes us truly excited to join Merck Animal Health,” said Frank Wooten, Founder and CEO. , Vence.

Vence technology is currently available in the United States and parts of Australia.

About Vence

Vence was founded to improve the accessibility and availability of sustainably raised animal protein. We contribute to more sustainable animal production by enabling producers to better manage their herds, make better use of their land resources and ultimately improve the production of more than 20% of the protein consumed worldwide. To realize our vision, we use connected sensors, artificial intelligence and cutting-edge animal behavioral research to help innovate one of society’s oldest and most valuable industries.

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 health science Animals®, Merck Animal Health offers veterinarians, breeders, pet owners and governments one of the widest ranges of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services, as well as a comprehensive suite of connected technologies including identification, traceability and monitoring 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, Twitter and Instagram.

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