Merck Animal Health Announces Call for Submissions for New High-Quality Pork—Precision Farming Award

Winner to Be Awarded Up to $200,000 Towards Project Implementation

MADISON, N.J., Sept. 1, 2020 – Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA (NYSE:MRK) today announced the company has opened submissions for the High-Quality Pork—Precision Farming Award, a new award which will grant one project up to $200,000 towards implementation with an interested customer in the swine industry. This year’s award builds on Merck Animal Health’s tradition of recognizing outstanding achievements in pig farming.

 “The animal health industry, including swine, is moving towards integrating digital solutions into the day-to day management of animal health and care,” said Rika Jolie, DVM, Ph.D., MBA, global swine lead, Merck Animal Health. “As part of our commitment to swine health and The Science of Healthier Animals®, we are constantly extending the range of innovative solutions we can provide our customers.  Merck Animal Health is proud to introduce the High-Quality Pork—Precision Farming Award, created to support our customers who share our interest in advancing pig farming and the health and well-being of animals through technological innovations.”

Eligible projects will focus on precision farming in swine with a demonstrated proof of concept and business model, if available. Topics of interest include technology innovations focused on herd health management, genetics and reproduction, streamlining of day-to-day activities, traceability, and artificial intelligence. More detailed information on the topics of interests and how to apply can be found here. The deadline for applications is October 31, 2020.

About Merck Animal Health

For more than a century, Merck, a leading global biopharmaceutical company, has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases. Merck Animal Health, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA, is the global animal health business unit of Merck. Through its commitment to The Science of Healthier Animals®, Merck Animal Health offers veterinarians, farmers, pet owners and governments one of the widest ranges of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services as well as an extensive suite of digitally connected identification, traceability and monitoring products. Merck Animal Health is dedicated to preserving and improving the health, well-being and performance of animals and the people who care for them. It invests extensively 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 or connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter at @MerckAH.