Merck announces steps in response to Tyson's decision on Zilmax
In response to questions about Zilmax, Merck Animal Health announced its Five-Step Approach to Ensuring Responsible Beef on Aug. 13.
These are the five steps outlined by Merck:
1. Merck Animal Health is committed to re-certifying every feeder/nutritionist/veterinarian that feeds Zilmax to cattle. The re-certification process will begin immediately.
2. Within the next 30 days, Merck Animal Health is committed to reaching out to packers and suppliers to initiate a scientific audit which will focus on the feeding of Zilmax and will follow those cattle from the feed yard to the packing plant to determine potential causes of lameness and other mobility issues during feeding, transportation, offloading and staging at the processing facility.
3. Based on our findings, Merck Animal Health is committed to reinforcing appropriate management practices for feeder customers to include overall nutrition and feeding objectives, animal handling, low-stress environments and transportation.
4. Continuing in our work to advance animal well-being, we will form the Merck Animal Health Advisory Board with the next 30 days, made up of representatives from small, medium, and large feeders, packers, cow-calf operators, as well as animal health and nutrition experts.
5. Merck Animal Health takes our responsibility very seriously and is committed to sharing all of these findings and to be transparent.