Neogen Corp., Lansing, Mich., acquired the assets of Delta Genomics Centre, a Canada-based animal genomics laboratory.

With the acquisition, Delta's laboratory operations will be renamed Neogen Canada, and become Neogen's fifth animal genomics laboratory, joining locations in the United States, Scotland, Brazil and Australia. The acquisition is intended to help accelerate the growth of Neogen's animal genomics business throughout Canada.

Delta supplies genetic testing to Canada's purebred beef associations, commercial beef cattle producers and national genomics research community.

"Neogen and Delta have enjoyed an exceptional working partnership, and this acquisition will only strengthen that relationship. Delta's management and scientific staff will remain in place with Neogen, and will continue their work to help us grow our genomics business," says Dr. Stewart Bauck, vice president of agrigenomics for Neogen. "Adding Delta's facilities, complementary expertise, local support and impressive customer base strengthens Neogen's animal genomic capabilities and presence. This laboratory in Edmonton will provide our Canadian customers the same access to the best animal genomics technology as our customers elsewhere in the world." 

"The sale of the genomics laboratory to Neogen fulfills the vision of the founders of Delta Genomics to create a commercially viable business that will provide value to Canadian livestock producers for the long term," says Dr. Graham Plastow, chairman of Delta Genomics, Inc.

With both state-of-the-art animal genetic facilities and comprehensive bioinformatics to interpret genetic test results, Neogen offers unparalleled identity and trait determination and analysis. For example, Neogen can provide a cattle producer with DNA test results that can predict that animal's performance in the herd on such traits as weight gain, pregnancy rate, calving ease and susceptibility to disease. Neogen provides veterinary genomic solutions for beef and dairy cattle, swine, sheep, dogs and poultry.