Bayer to Sell U.S. And Canadian Livestock And Equine Biologicals Business

The Animal Health business group of Bayer Corporation’s Agriculture Division has agreed to sell the group’s U.S. and Canadian livestock and equine biologicals business to Intervet Inc. The Bayer unit manufactures biological vaccines for cattle,

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The Animal Health business group of Bayer Corporation’s Agriculture Division has agreed to sell the group’s U.S. and Canadian livestock and equine biologicals business to Intervet Inc. The Bayer unit manufactures biological vaccines for cattle, swine and horses. The deal is expected to close on July 31, 2000, subject to regulatory approval.


“The biologicals unit for Bayer’s animal health business group accounts for a small percentage of the group’s overall sales,” said John Payne, senior vice president, animal health, for Bayer. “By selling this segment of our business to a company interested in growing its vaccine business, we at Bayer can better focus our efforts on strengthening and building our core businesses.”


Bayer’s other core businesses include prescription pharmaceuticals and insecticides for companion animals and livestock, such as Advantage(R) flea control for cats and dogs and Baytril(R) 100 antibiotic for cattle.


The biological unit’s primary production facility is in Worthington, MN, with additional production capacity in the Bayer manufacturing facility in Shawnee. The sale does not affect animal health pharmaceutical production at the Bayer facilities in Shawnee. Just several years ago, Bayer invested $60 million in a new pharmaceutical production plant there to help meet the company’s plans for significant growth in this industry segment

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Stephanie L. Church, Editorial Director, grew up riding and caring for her family’s horses in Central Virginia and received a B.A. in journalism and equestrian studies from Averett University. She joined The Horse in 1999 and has led the editorial team since 2010. A 4-H and Pony Club graduate, she enjoys dressage, eventing, and trail riding with her former graded-stakes-winning Thoroughbred gelding, It Happened Again (“Happy”). Stephanie and Happy are based in Lexington, Kentucky.

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