Bundall, Queensland Australia
Grant Weyer, President
St. Joseph, Missouri
Steve Schram, CEO
AgriLabs, based in St. Joseph, Missouri, has announced an exclusive sales andmarketing agreement with SmartVet, makers of the VetCap® Delivery System and AIMC(Advanced Insecticide Management) insecticide GelCaps.
This innovative methodology to control flies and lice by a single worker withoutphysically handling cattle was first showcased at the Kansas City Animal HealthCorridor ‘Investment Forum’.
Grant Weyer, president of SmartVet, said that “We were enthusiastic aboutdemonstrating our product’s proof-of-concept before a high caliber audience of industryleaders and strategic decision makers representing international animal healthcompanies. The Kansas City Animal Health Corridor accounts for a third of the $19billion global animal health sales market, and we are proud to be associated with them.”
He went on to say that “The Investment Forum was an extraordinarily successfulopportunity for us. Steve Schram, CEO of AgriLabs, and I inked the agreement, and Ihave returned to Kansas City in preparation of the launch of our remote applied deliverysystem. As we develop new technologies and add products to our pipeline, we willcontinue to rely on the Animal Health Corridor, and particularly the Investment Forum,as the primary gateways to industry-leading companies like AgriLabs, for access to theanimal health marketplace.”
Dr. Joel Ehrenzweig, Technical Services Manager for AgriLabs, added that, “As aveterinarian dealing with the significant challenges cattlemen face in the field and as anindustry representative, I cannot emphasize too strongly the significance of the role ofthe Animal Health Corridor in bringing SmartVet’s VetCap technology to AgriLabs. Lostproduction from horn flies cost cattlemen an estimated $800 million a year. Since theVetCap Delivery System does not require running cattle through a chute, the cost oftreating cattle and production loss due to handling stress are significantly reduced.”The AIMC GelCap contains cyfluthrin, a highly effective insecticide for the treatment ofhorn flies, face flies, and biting and sucking lice. It is the first insecticide designedspecifically for long distance delivery to receive regulatory approval in the United States.
This summer the AgriLabs field sales team will be demonstrating the cutting-edgeVetCap System to cattlemen at dealer locations throughout the Gulf States. When usershave an opportunity to handle and test the tough VetCap applicator ,they willimmediately appreciate the years of research and development that have gone intoproducing a tool that will stand up to rough use in the field and perform for years. AndAIMC GelCaps are engineered to survive real-world use and the rigors of fieldadministration, delivering the correct amount of insecticidal protection.
Mr. Yankowsky noted that “With this exclusive collaboration, SmartVet can reach thebeef cattle market and dovetail with our business model of partnering with inventivedevelopment companies who can benefit from the broad sales and marketing reach ofAgriLabs.”
The addition of the VetCap System furthers the commitment of AgriLabs to offerrelevant and technically-driven products to producers. The company continues toaugment its core food animal capabilities of science-backed products from innovativepartners, like SmartVet, through the ongoing efforts of the Kansas City Animal HealthCorridor.
AgriLabs, Inc. (www.agrilabs.com ) is an award-winning animal health, sales and
marketing organization with distribution throughout the United States. The company’spartnership structure and philosophy, together with a commitment to expeditiousproduct development, provides a smooth, efficient system for manufacturers fromaround the world to transfer technology from research laboratories to the marketplace.Through technology transfer and cooperative development agreements, AgriLabs hasintroduced state-of-the-art products for beef, dairy and companion animals. The whollyowned
TradeWinds division focuses on new product development and distribution tocompanion animal veterinarians, pet stores, breeders and groomers.
SmartVet’s (www.smartvet.com) VetCap Delivery System was designed by cattlemenfor cattlemen. SmartVet’s goal is to develop practical solutions to everyday problemsencountered by cattle producers. This ground-breaking animal health companyapproaches its R&D from the producer’s perspective and is driven by a philosophy ofdeveloping technological solutions that are effective, easy- to-use and efficient.
About the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor
The Kansas City area accounts for 32 percent of the $19 billion global animal healthindustry. The Corridor, anchored by Manhattan, Kan., and Columbia, Mo., is home tomore than 220 animal health companies, which represents the largest concentration inthe world. www.kcanimalhealth.com.
For more details and/or interviews, please contact Lea-Ann Germinder, APRFellow PRSA at [email protected] or 917-334-8682.