TUE AM News: Carnivore Meat Company partners with Festival Foods to offer hemp treats for pets; Weather conditions ripe for crop growth

— A Green Bay company is among those satisfying interest in CBD products for pets.

The Carnivore Meat Company, maker of raw pet food brands Vital Essentials, Vital Cat and Nature’s Advantage, announced yesterday it has partnered with Festival Foods to offer its Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Hemp Chews at stores across Wisconsin.

The hemp chews are a combination of Wisconsin-sourced hemp oil and 100 percent beef. According to Carnivore Meat Company’s release, Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Hemp Chews enhance the desired effects for specific conditions pets may experience: lack of energy and focus; nervousness, stress or anxiety; and pain and inflammation. 

“We believe the initial and continued interest in our products are due to the fact that Carnivore Meat Company is a Wisconsin-based pet food manufacturer and Festival Foods supports locally sourced and made products,” Carnivore spokeswoman Melissa Olson told WisBusiness.com. “Furthermore, our hemp oil provider is also based in Wisconsin along with the testing facilities that issue the Certificate of Analysis for these items. You can’t get more Wisconsin than that!”

She noted that in addition to the Wisconsin-sourced hemp, the company’s freeze-dried products only contain meat from the U.S. and do not include fillers, such as grains, or artificial ingredients. The freeze-dry retains nutritional value. 

Read the full story at WisBusiness.com: https://www.wisbusiness.com/?p=1454002 

— Statewide temps in the upper 80s down to the upper 40s in northern Wisconsin and clear skies statewide contributed to a relatively dry and cool week, making conditions more comfortable for livestock and outdoor workers for the week ending Aug. 2. 

The weather resulted in 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Skies were predominantly clear through the week, but scattered showers provided moisture in some areas. 

It was an excellent week for combining small grains and drying hay, according to USDA. The second cutting of alfalfa was reported as 93 percent complete, nine days ahead of last year and equal to the average. The third cutting of alfalfa was reported as 38 percent complete, eight days ahead of last year but a day behind the average. All hay conditions were reported 80 percent good to excellent statewide, down three percentage points from last week.

Corn was developing ears. Corn silking was 84 percent, over two weeks ahead of last year and about one week ahead of the five-year average. Corn at dough stage was 19 percent, 11 days ahead of last year and four days ahead of the average; and condition was rated 81 percent good to excellent, down one percentage point from last week. 

Soybeans blooming was 89 percent, over three weeks ahead of last year and over one week ahead of the average. Soybeans setting pods was 63 percent, 16 days ahead of last year and five days ahead of the average; and condition was rated 83 percent good to excellent, down one percentage point from last week. 

Oats coloring was 95 percent, over three weeks ahead of last year and nine days ahead of the average. Oats harvested was 34 percent, a week ahead of last year and two days ahead of the average. Oat condition was rated 82 percent good to excellent, down two percentage points from last week. 

Potato harvest was reported as 7 percent complete, four days ahead of last year but three days behind the average. Potato condition was rated 92 percent good to excellent, up three percentage points from last week. 

Winter wheat harvested for grain was 62 percent, a week ahead of last year and a day ahead of the average. Winter wheat condition was rated 78 percent good to excellent statewide, down one percentage point from last week. 

— DHS reported 404 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, the lowest daily case count since June 29.

The low reporting brought the state’s seven-day daily case average to 844, the lowest in two weeks. The percentage of positive tests per total tests fell to 5.6 percent from 9.6 percent Sunday, but still above the desired 5 percent, according to DHS’ figures.

The new cases bring the cumulative case count to 55,328 and active cases to 9,866 or 17.8 percent of the state’s total confirmed cases. Active cases are defined as those still in a 30-day waiting period of symptom onset or diagnosis.

Individuals ages 20-29 account for a quarter of the state’s confirmed cases at 13,970, followed by people ages 30-39 at 17 percent. Two percent of the 20-29 age group and 4 percent of the 30-39 age group cases have been hospitalized. But each group accounts for one percent of the state’s death toll at eight and 10 deaths, respectively. 

The southeastern part of the state accounts for 58 percent of Wisconsin’s total cases followed by northeast Wisconsin at 17 percent. The regions also account for 73 percent and 13 percent of the state’s COVID-19 deaths, respectively. 

The number of recovered patients number 44,495 or 80.4 percent of the state’s total confirmed cases, a rising percentage. Meanwhile 1.7 percent of patients have died. Patients have a 8.6 percent chance of being hospitalized.

The state received 7,173 total tests yesterday; Wisconsin has a capacity for 24,156 tests per day.

— DHS also reported one COVID-19 death yesterday in Winnebago County, bringing the state’s death toll to 949.

Counties reporting deaths include: Milwaukee (446), Racine (76), Waukesha (55), Kenosha (53), Brown (51), Dane (37), Rock (26), Washington (22), Walworth (21), Winnebago (18), Ozaukee (17), Waupaca (15), Grant (14), Outagamie (13), Clark (7), Fond du Lac (6), Marathon (6), Dodge (5), Jefferson (5), Sheboygan (5), Forest (4) and Richland (4).

Barron, Door, Eau Claire, Marinette and Sauk counties report three deaths each. Adams, Buffalo, Calumet, Kewaunee, Polk, St. Croix and Trempealeau counties report two deaths each.

Bayfield, Burnett, Columbia, Green, Iron, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marquette, Monroe, Rusk and Wood counties report one death each.

People ages 70-79 and 80-89 with confirmed cases together account for over half of the state’s deaths at 245 and 247 deaths, respectively. 

Click here for more coronavirus resources and updates: https://www.wispolitics.com/wisconsin-coronavirus-resources/ 

— Marshfield Clinic Health System completed its acquisition of Ascension St. Clare’s Hospital in Weston.

Marshfield Clinic and Ascension first announced a memorandum of understanding for the sale in October 2019. A definitive agreement was reached in February. The health system announced yesterday it completed the acquisition over the weekend.

“This is a historically important day for our Health System and the communities we serve,” said Dr. Susan Turney, CEO of Marshfield Clinic. “Having a hospital in the Weston/Wausau area allows us to create a fully-integrated campus combining our hospital and clinical facilities, which provides highly-coordinated care that is efficient and creates a simple and seamless patient experience.”

The health system is renaming the hospital Marshfield Medical Center-Weston.

The transaction also includes the transfer of Ascension Wisconsin’s 50 percent interest in Flambeau Hospital in Park Falls and The Diagnostic & Treatment Center in Weston. Both will be transitioned into the health system over the next couple of months, including the renaming of Flambeau Hospital to Marshfield Medical Center-Park Falls.

Approximately 350 St. Clare’s employees became Marshfield Clinic employees. Flambeau Hospital and DTC will both retain their names and employees as they transition over the next couple of months. 

— Waisman Biomanufacturing at UW-Madison is partnering with Heat Biologics to produce a COVID-19 vaccine for phase one and phase two clinical trials. 

Phase one trials could begin in early 2021 and UW-Madison may be a trial site.

The UW-Madison biopharmaceutical contract manufacturer will provide Heat with development and engineering services. Waisman will also produce clinical batches of vaccines using current good manufacturing practices or GMP — a system for ensuring that products are consistently produced to quality standards.

“Waisman Biomanufacturing’s mission is to advance novel vaccines and therapeutics into early human clinical trials,” said Carl Ross, managing director of Waisman Biomanufacturing, part of the Waisman Center. “We are very excited to be able to offer what we have to this cause.”

The vaccine will target those most vulnerable to COVID-19: the elderly, immunocompromised and those with underlying conditions.

Heat’s vaccine will use a genetically engineered combination of a common protein already found in human cells — gp96 — along with viral proteins, to stimulate a response from the body’s T-cells — a type of immune cell. The vaccine teaches the T-cells to recognize and fight off the pathogen in the future and stave off infection. 

“In addition to its potential as a standalone COVID-19 vaccine, we believe this platform holds enormous promise in combination with other vaccines under development and in clinical trials by boosting the patient’s T-cell immunity,” said Jeff Wolf, CEO of Heat. 

When combined with vaccines, it could help individuals with weakened immune systems mount more robust responses. 

See the release: https://www.wisbusiness.com/2020/uw-madison-waisman-biomanufacturing-partners-with-heat-biologics-to-manufacture-covid-19-vaccine/ 


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