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MSD Animal Health announced as a major supporter of award to benefit Australasian agriculture

MSD Animal Health has been confirmed as a new major sponsor for the Australasian agricultural badge of honour, the Zanda McDonald Award.

The Award, which recognises talented young individuals from Australia and New Zealand who want to make a difference in agriculture, helps take people’s careers to the next level, through an impressive prize package for the winner. This includes a tailored mentoring program across both countries, where the award winner spends time up close and personal with some of the biggest leaders and influencers in the sector.

“We are pleased to support this special award to support local youth interested in agriculture,” says Eric Flanagan, General Manager, Australia and New Zealand, MSD Animal Health. MSD Animal Health, through its recently acquired Allflex Livestock Intelligence, a business unit within MSD Animal Health Intelligence has been a proud sponsor of the Zanda McDonald Award since its inception back in 2014. MSD Animal Health Intelligence, an operating unit of MSD Animal Health, is the world’s leading animal intelligence group, providing world-class devices for animal identification and traceability. This award is unique in that in affords the winner with priceless mentoring opportunities and exposes them to leaders across Australia and New Zealand. Our company is proud to support these efforts and those who are remarkably passionate about improving our industry.”

Award Chairman Richard Rains, says, “We are delighted to have MSD Animal Health come on board as a major sponsor of the award, investing in our future leaders in agriculture. MSD Animal Health is passionate about the industry, and their commitment really strengthens our position as a prestigious award in the agribusiness sector. This partnership will provide us with even more opportunities to reach, recognise and positively influence the future of talented young individuals, who will go on to make a big impact in our industry. With the need to adapt to the conditions presented as a result of COVID-19, the timing couldn’t be better. It means that we can deliver more value to award recipients and finalists, through new and innovative ways.”

MSD Animal Health is a global animal health company that manufactures and markets a broad range of veterinary medicines and services in more than 50 other countries across the globe, including Australia and New Zealand. The company has high-tech vaccine manufacturing facilities in Upper Hutt, New Zealand and Bendigo, Australia which manufacture vaccines used to protect against a variety of diseases in sheep, cattle, deer, pigs and poultry.

Allflex Livestock Intelligence, celebrating its 65th anniversary this year, began in New Zealand, expanding to now have a global footprint. Allflex maintains two production facilities in the ANZ region, in Brisbane Australia, and Palmerston North, New Zealand. Allflex’s core focus is on the identification, traceability, and monitoring of livestock to provide producers data driven, actionable insights, and is now a business unit within MSD Animal Health Intelligence.

For further enquiries contact:

Rachael Fletcher

Communications and Events, PPP and Zanda McDonald Award +64 272 612 998


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