Wisconsin continues to solidify its business relationships with China. State officials just returned from a trip that focused on the dairy industry.
During a trade mission to China, representatives from Wisconsin and the Shanghai Dairy Group signed an agreement that says the company will look to Wisconsin first for dairy related technology and advice. Ben Brancel is the Secretary for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer protection. He says the Shanghai Dairy Group is a major milk producer with 22 sites throughout South China. Brancel says the Chinese government chose the company to be a center of education for those in the dairy field, “if, in fact, Shanghai Dairy is going to be the place where the future dairy industry of China comes to get information. And to observe technologies that are available, having our genetics walking the barns and having our equipment providing feed and milk equipment, for observation, means we could have some strong opportunities for marketing our products there.”
The company is working with UW-Madison and the Chinese government to open a university sponsored dairy research center in Shanghai.