Phillips-Rooks Extension District #5
April 3-May 28,2016
Walk Kansas is a team-based program that will help you and others lead a healthier life. For more information and to register go to www.walkkansas.org
Farm Analysis Summary Meeting
K-State Research and Extension Ag Economists will present whole farm and enterprise analysis data collected from members in the Kansas Farm Management Association NW. As a Producer you can see how well your farm compares to similar farms in the Association. Membership not required. Click for more information.
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