|CONTACT: Carolyn Madson, Neogen Corporation, 859/254-1221|
LEXINGTON, Ky., Oct. 3, 2016 — Neogen Corporation announced today that its GeneSeek subsidiary has entered into a partnership with CRV to add CRV’s innovative health and efficiency traits to GeneSeek’s extensive dairy genomic testing solutions.
The new partnership brings together GeneSeek, the largest agrigenomics laboratory in the world, with CRV, a world-leading cattle improvement organization. Four proven traits, Better Life Health, Better Life Efficiency, Hoof Health and Udder Health, will be offered as an add-on to GeneSeek’s Igenity genomic profiles, and allow U.S. producers to select animals based on their ability to respond to specific ailments and produce efficiently.
“Many commercial dairy operations are finding a great return on investment with genomic screening of their herds. The opportunity to add CRV’s well-respected health and efficiency traits to our dairy genomic tests provides even greater value to the results that we can provide producers,” said Neogen’s Dr. Stewart Bauck. “GeneSeek and CRV have worked for years on the development of dairy genomic programs, because we understand just how critical it is for those in the dairy business to select the best available sires and dams from their pool of available animals to produce the next calf crop.”
“Working together gives our organizations the ability to enhance our programs and services respectively,” says Amy VanderMark, CRV USA Managing Director. “The existing relationship between Neogen and Merck Animal Health will allow us to effectively deliver the best genetic products to U.S. dairy producers.”
Neogen’s Igenity Dairy Heifer Program provides genomic profiling solutions focused on commercial dairy cattle. For commercial cattle, Igenity-Select and Igenity-Essential provide streamlined and cost-effective solutions for the commercial dairy operation. For more information, please visit www.neogen.com, or contact your local Neogen or Merck Animal Health representative.
CRV is a leading customer focused, cattle improvement organization—fully committed to adding value for its farmers. With facilities in the Netherlands, Belgium, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Germany, Luxembourg, South Africa, Brazil, United States, Czech Republic, and Spain, CRV sells semen in more than 50 countries. CRV USA’s office in Madison, Wisconsin was established in 2009, and its team delivers solutions that support farmers in building a more profitable and efficient herd.
Neogen Corporation (Nasdaq: NEOG) develops and markets products dedicated to food and animal safety. The company’s Food Safety Division markets dehydrated culture media, and diagnostic test kits to detect foodborne bacteria, natural toxins, food allergens, drug residues, plant diseases and sanitation concerns. Neogen’s Animal Safety Division is a leader in the development of animal genomics, along with the manufacturing and distribution of a variety of animal healthcare products, including diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, veterinary instruments, wound care and disinfectants.