Agriculture is very important to the economy of the counties in the Frontier Extension District. The agronomic value of crops and livestock in the district is nearly 250 million dollars. This comes from 615,000 acres of crop land and 530,000 acres of pasture and hay ground. Approximately half the value of production is from crops and half from livestock.
Beef cattle are the predominant livestock specie within the district. From the counties in the Frontier Extension District, there are nearly 120,000 head of beef cattle. Of those, 40,000 head are cows and the remainder are calves, stocker cattle, and fed cattle. Dairy, swine, goats, and poultry production also add to the economic impact of agriculture to the district.
*Information from Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service and the 2012 Census
Update on Avian Influenza in Kansas - The Kansas Department of Agriculture has lifted the ban on poultry exhibition and other events where birds are co-mingled in Kansas, effective December 4, 2015. Kansas Animal Health Commissioner Dr. Bill Brown encourages all poultry owners to continue to closely monitor their flocks and contact their local veterinarian immediately if birds appear sick.
Farmers and ranchers can protect their flocks with good biosecurity practices including:
- Isolate new animals
- Move all livestock away from boundaries of your property
- Clean clothing and boots should be worn when contact with livestock is expected
- Thoroughly clean and disinfect equipment and animal areas
- Monitor your animals for signs of the disease
More information about the Avian Influenza can be found at http://agriculture.ks.gov/divisions-programs/division-of-animal-health/animal-disease-control-and-traceability/avian-influenza.