January 20, 2020 | Volume 94
In the News
Blister Beetle Blamed for Death of WI Horses
Hay tainted by a toxic beetle is blamed for the deaths of at least 13 horses and illnesses to dozens of others on a Wisconsin ranch.

Officials say summer flooding left the hay from the fields at  Red Ridge Ranch Riding Stable  in Mauston, Wisc., unstable. The owners claim to have bought hay and alfalfa from farms in both South Dakota and Wyoming.
Milk 2.0: How the Dairy Industry Plans to Save Milk
Cow milk sales have been falling steadily for years. And its volatile prices — which are determined by an archaic system — squeeze dairy farmers and processors with each swing. The pressures have made it difficult for milk producers and buyers to compete with vertically integrated retailers, such as Kroger, which process milk themselves.
Canada Insitutes New ASF Vaccine Research
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has announced that the University of Saskatchewan’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) will work with African swine fever (ASF) to support Canada’s preparedness strategy by increasing its research capacity, according to a release from CFIA.
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Trivia Answer
Wisconsin was once the second ranked state for sheep production. Today, Wisconsin is home to 75,000 sheep. These sheep are raised not only for woo but also for meat and milk production.
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