Livestock owners have two opportunities to learn about options for managing large-scale mortality in their herds. The workshops will feature a keynote presentation by Gary Flory, a nationally recognized expert in agricultural and environmental challenges as part of animal disease and natural disaster response.
On Tuesday, March 19, Flory will give his presentation as part of the Kansas Organization of Recyclers WORKS! Conference held at Bethany College in Lindsborg at 1:30 p.m. There is a $25 registration fee.
On Wednesday, March 20, the Kansas Department of Agriculture is sponsoring a Livestock Mortality Workshop in Garden City. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Grandstand Meeting Room at the Finney County Fairgrounds, 417 Lake Ave. In addition to Flory’s presentation, Kansas Animal Health Commissioner Justin Smith will provide an update on the state’s secure food supply program and disease response planning efforts. Other topics will include above-ground burial, the evolution of composting as a viable disposal option, and managing daily mortality during an outbreak.
The Garden City workshop is free of charge and lunch will be provided, but registration is requested. Please register by March 15. For more information about the KDA Livestock Mortality Workshop, contact David Hogg, KDA emergency management coordinator, at 785-564-7468 or David.Hogg@ks.gov.