STATEMENT REGARDING COVID-19

Due to the state’s response to COVID-19, the staff at the Kansas Department of Agriculture continues to work in a limited capacity with much of the staff working remotely. The KDA headquarters office in Manhattan is now open to the public, with changes to a number of practices in place to protect the health of staff and visitors. 

  • All staff and visitors are required to wear face coverings in public areas of the building.
  • Social distancing must be maintained while in the building.
  • Many meetings are being held as online meetings or conference calls.

We appreciate your patience as we work through these changing times.

The KDA coronavirus page has guidance documents and ag-related industry links. For more information about the State of Kansas response to COVID-19, please consult the KDHE Resource Center.

Division of Animal Health

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History

Through consolidation of the Livestock Sanitary Commission and the State Brand Commission in 1969, the Kansas Division of Animal Health (DAH) was created. Currently there are three programs that make up the DAH - Animal Disease Control, Animal Facilities Inspection, Brands Program - all of which work to ensure the health and welfare of Kansas livestock and domestic animals. The DAH works in conjunction with two essential boards: the Animal Health Board and the Pet Animal Advisory Board. In 2011, the DAH joined with the Kansas Department of Agriculture, and in 2014 relocated to Manhattan, Kansas.

Special Features

Equine Disposal Guidance Document

This document highlights the options for equine carcass disposal, including composting, landfill, burial, cremation, and biocremation. This guidance document was created through a collaboration between KDA, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Kansas Horse Council, and the KSU College of Veterinary Medicine.

Click here to view the Equine Disposal Guidance document.

Chronic Wasting Disease Sample Collection Videos

Hunters can help ensure the safety of the meat they harvest and prevent the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in deer by collecting samples from field-harvested deer and sending these samples to be tested for the disease. The Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has created two videos explaining how to remove the brain stem and lymph nodes for CWD testing.

Hunters: click here to view a basic video on sample collection

Veterinarians: click here to view a detailed video on sample collection

Animal Health in the News

For Kansas Department of Agriculture news releases, click here.

Annual Reports

The Division of Animal Health provides an annual report on Kansas Livestock Markets. Click on the link below to view the most recent report:

2019 Annual Livestock Market Report