Merck to partner with National Milk Producers group on training and animal care

Courtesy of the National Milk Producers Federation

Merck's ($MRK) animal health division is partnering with the National Milk Producers Federation as part of an effort to nurture better employee training and animal care in the dairy industry.

Currently, the Animal Care Program administered by the NMPF with support from Dairy Management covers more than 91% of the U.S. milk supply, according to a release. With the partnership with Merck, dairy farmers in the country will have access to tools, resources and workshops backed by the company's own dairy initiative called Dairy C.A.R.E.

That program was developed by Merck to assist dairy farmers in providing better animal care through sound policies, hiring the right employees and training them.

"This partnership is a natural fit and extends the reach of both programs," Rick Jackson, Merck's Animal Health U.S. dairy product manager, said. "The FARM Animal Care program does a great job of setting expectations for dairy operations, and Dairy C.A.R.E helps provide additional training and tools to get the job done.

Earlier this week, Merck reported second-quarter sales in its animal health division of $840 million, which was a 4% year-over-year decline when accounting for the negative impact from exchange rates but a 10% increase without it.

- read the release