Ag Chat with Scott Schultz - December 6

ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU)- Wisconsin dairy plants are producing more cheese products than they did a year ago. The latest U.S. Department of Agriculture dairy product summary said the state produced 290.1 million pounds of cheese in October, which was a 1.1 percent compared with a year earlier, and 4.1 percent more than in September. Nationally, about 1.12 billion pounds of cheese was produced. That was 3 percent more than October of 2017, and 6.1 percent more than September's production.

The Alpaca Owners Association says recent laboratory test results revealed that raw alpaca fiber possesses antibacterial properties. While the effect is modest, it's likely comparable to the natural antibacterial properties of scoured sheep's wool, according to Bud Synhorst, the Alpaca association's executive director. He said the discovery will increase the interest of alpaca fiber within the active apparel industry. The outdoor and sports apparel industry has seen increased interest in antimicrobial textile products from active consumers who want products that are naturally odor-resistant.

Wisconsin Farm Technology Days will experiment with longer show hours on one of its 2019 show days. Organizers announced that the show will be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 24 in Jefferson County. Show general manager Matt Glewen said the change is an attempt to accommodate visitors who can't attend during normal business hours. The hours on the show's first and third days will continue to be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Glewen also said the show's executive board is deciding the location of the 2021 event, -- either the Iola Old Car Show grounds in Waupaca County or the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Jefferson, which makes it the first time Farm Technology Days - formerly Farm Progress Days -- to be non-county sponsored. The show will be in Eau Claire County in 2020.