Ag Chat with Scott Schultz - June 10

ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU) -- Thousands of Wisconsin FFA members are gathering in Madison today to start the state's 90th FFA convention. The members, their advisors and supporters will be gathering at the Alliant Energy Center. Many members from our viewing area are receiving state FFA degrees and are up for state proficiency awards, along with some members running for state FFA offices and competing in a variety of contests. The convention runs through Thursday.

High Dynamic Range (HDR) image of Madison, Wisconsin skyline and state capitol

China is seeking protein foods to replace losses caused by the African swine fever that's cutting into that nation's hog herd. Bloomberg reported late last week that large shipments of Australian beef are being imported into China; Ireland also could be increasing beef exports to China. The report says the Chinese also are culling more of their dairy cattle to butcher as a replacement for pork, and that the nation also is turning to expanded poultry and egg consumption. U.S. producers haven't been able to take advantage of China's protein gap, however, as the Chinese and Trump Administration officials continue a tariff war and trade disputes.

None of the animals in a recently depopulated herd at a Portage County deer- and elk-hunting farm have tested positive for chronic wasting disease. State Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection officials ordered the 166 deer euthanized on the 220-acre hunting ranch after a white-tailed deer buck tested positive for CWD in November. The remaining animals were depopulated on May 9, and DATCP officials said late last week that none of those animals tested positive for CWD. The animals included white-tailed deer, red deer, sika, fallow deer and elk. Animals only can be tested for CWD after they're dead. A department news release said the farmer will receive compensation from the state for the depopulated animals after the farmer completes a cleaning and disinfection of the hunting farm. The farmer must keep fending in place and isn't allowed to have any CWD-susceptible animals for at least five years.

The June Dairy month celebration continued with on-farm breakfasts through the weekend, and will continue again next weekend. Eau Claire's Breakfast in the Valley will kick off this week's activities, with that event running 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday at the Eau Claire Exposition Center.