Wisconsin’s mink farmers are set to be among the next groups to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
That decision comes as farmed mink populations throughout the world have been ravaged by COVID-19. In Denmark, the government even ordered a complete cull of farmed mink after widespread infections threatened to jump to humans.
Wisconsin’s farmers have fared somewhat better — but the threat to the state’s mink industry, the most lucrative in the nation, still looms large.
For more on how Wisconsin’s mink farmers are handling the COVID-19 pandemic, and the steps they’re taking to prevent widespread infection, WORT Producer Jonah Chester spoke with Dr. Hugh Hildebrandt, a Taylor County-based veterinarian who specializes in Mink.