Novartis Animal Health has announced the expansion of its U.S. swine sales team – increasing its total number of U.S. swine sales, marketing and technical service professionals to 20.

The expansion is a demonstration of Novartis Animal Health’s long term commitment to the U.S. swine industry, according to Steve Boren, vice president of sales and marketing for the Novartis Animal Health U.S. Farm Animal Business.

“Despite the current economic challenges, we believe in the long term viability of the U.S. swine industry,” Boren says. “We are investing in its future. And, in addition to our sales force expansion, which will allow us to work more closely with our customers, we will also continue to collaborate with organizations like the National Pork Producers Council – and its state and local affiliates – the National Pork Board and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians.

“Novartis Animal Health’s goal is to help swine producers improve the overall health and profitability of their swine production units. The sales force expansion helps us deliver valuable animal health technical information and useful animal solutions to a larger proportion of the U.S. swine industry,” Boren adds.

Sean O'Hare, Novartis Animal Health pig and poultry key account sales manager, adds that this strategic initiative will allow Novartis to better serve larger integrators, as well as independent pork producers.

“Large- and mid-sized producers will play an increasingly important role as the market returns to profitability,” O’Hare says. “We see an opportunity to add value to these operations by working more closely with these producers, and their veterinarians and nutritionists, to better diagnose and treat respiratory, enteric and reproductive diseases.”

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Source: Novartis Animal Health