Wisconsin representatives signed three letters of intent with China’s Shanghai Dairy Group (SDG) in Shanghai on Thursday. Ag Secretary Ben Brancel signed one of the letters expressing SDG’s interest in buying agricultural equipment and animal feed products including dried distillers grains over the next three years. A second letter is an agreement with Badger State Ethanol of Monroe for the sale of animal feed products. The third is for the University of Wisconsin Babcock Institute to provide training for SDG management over the next three years. The training will take place at Shanghai Dairy farms as well as at U.W. Madison Ag Research Stations.
Shanghai Dairy Group has 40,000 cows, beef steers, a feed facility, dairy processing facilities and a retail food operation. Representatives from SDG visited U.W. Madison, Badger State Ethanol, Didion Million and dairy and beef operations in Wisconsin last November.
Governor Scott Walker witnessed the signings at the official opening of the “Wisconsin Center China” trade office as part of the Governor’s trade mission this week. A fourth letter was signed by Miller Electric of Appleton and Shanghai Beigong Materials Company Ltd.. The Chinese company is purchasing 50 Auto Axcess welding systems for Shanghai Huizhong Automotive Manufacturing Co. Ltd..