Working Group Gets Started on Foreign Animal Disease Plan

Working Group Gets Started on Foreign Animal Disease Plan

Livestock commissioner ways having a plan in place all the more important without mandatory animal identification program.

A working group comprised of the Kansas Animal Health Department, Kansas Department of Emergency Management and several other public and private agencies has begun an effort to update and revise the Kansas Foreign Animal Disease Response Plan.

Kansas Livestock Commission Bill Brown said the pullback from a mandatory individual animal identification program, which has been proposed by USDA, makes it even more important for Kansas to be ready to lead the way in preparedness for a foreign animal disease response.

The working group will not only update and streamline the existing plan, it will begin a new focus on a regional response to disease outbreak in an effort to discover and utilize all available resources.

Work on the plan is expected take most of the coming year.

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