In a drill intended as preparation in case of an animal-health emergency, state officials staked out selected roads entering Kansas and Oklahoma on Thursday to check trucks and question drivers. According to an article in the Hays Daily News, this was the first of two such drills to test response-readiness in case of an outbreak of an infectious livestock disease such as foot and mouth disease.

Kansas officials acknowledge they probably cannot lock down all of the state’s 500 entry points that can handle large livestock trucks, but hope to focus on key points to limit risk of disease. Quoted in the article, Kansas Livestock Commissioner George Teagarden says that at any given moment, about 50,000 head of livestock are on Kansas roads.

The article from the Hays Daily News is available online.