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Phillips Rooks District

Phillips-Rooks Extension District #5

Use of Reproductive  Management and Technology to Improve Profitability

Beef cattleAny and all beef cattle producers welcome! We will be answering your questions on AI, calving season decisions and related topics in the beef cattle industry.  Hope to see you in Phillipsburg on February 17th.  Click here for more information.


 Prescribed Burn Workshop

prescribed burn


  Friday, February, 26, 2016

10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Harding Hall 4-H Building
Rooks County Fairgrounds,
Stockton, KS

Topics will Include:

Reasons to Burn                      How to Plan/Conduct Safe Burns
Fire Behavior                          Assessing Weather Conditions
Fire Equipment                        Reducing Personal Liability
Fire Benefits for Wildlife            Burn Contractors

To Register, please call or email Phillips-Rooks District Extension Agent, Rachael Boyle, (785-425-6851 or rboyle@ksu.edu) Please RSVP by February 19th

Registration Fee is $10 per person and can be paid at the door on February 26th.      

 Raising Backyard Poultry

PoultryAre you thinking about getting some birds (chickens, ducks, or geese) and don't know where to start or maybe you've had poultry for years and have some questions?  Any and all poultry producers are welcome!  Scott Beyer, K-State Poultry Specialist, will be answering your questions.  He has many years of experience and an entertaining way of teaching poultry production.  Hope to see you on March 4th! Please RSVP by March 2nd by contacting Rachael Boyle at 785-425-6851 or e-mail rboyle@ksu.edu.

9:00-11:30 a.m. Rooks County Fairgrounds Harding Hall 4-H Building

1:30-4:00 p.m. Phillips County Fairgrounds 4-H Building

Kansas Lifts Ban on Poultry Exhibitions

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Agriculture announced on Dec. 4, 2015, that it will be lifting the ban placed on poultry exhibitions and other events where birds are gathered or co-mingled.

The order, signed by Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey on June 9, 2015, was implemented in an effort to prevent the spread of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) and protect poultry health in Kansas. Kansas experienced a positive case of HPAI in Leavenworth County in 2015. Secretary McClaskey, in consultation with Kansas Animal Health Commissioner Dr. Bill Brown, lifted the ban as a result of no new cases of HPAI in Kansas since March 2015.

While the ban is lifted, Dr. Brown continues to encourage all poultry owners to monitor their flocks and maintain good biosecurity practices. For additional information about HPAI and the response efforts in Kansas, visit http://agriculture.ks.gov/divisions-programs/division-of-animal-health/animal-disease-control-and-traceability/avian-influenza.

Rabies cases rise in Kansas 

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Health has identified an increased number of rabies cases reported in Kansas this year. As of June 30, 69 cases of rabies have been confirmed in Kansas for 2015.   

Rabies testing is performed by the Kansas State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, which confirmed only 69 positive cases in all of 2014. Of the 69 cases reported this year, 13 of them occurred in domestic animals including nine cattle and four cats. These numbers are expected to continue to rise through the end of the year. Read more