KLA staff took part in a training session yesterday designed to familiarize federal and state agencies, as well as private industry, with the current plans and procedures developed to stop interstate livestock movement if a foreign animal disease is identified in the U.S. The meeting was held in advance of a stop movement exercise October 22 near Sitka in Clark County . All livestock haulers near the intersection of highways 160 and 183 that day will be diverted through a Kansas Department of Transportation “mixing strip” as federal and state officials test stop movement capabilities. Oklahoma officials will be simultaneously conducting a stop movement at Turpin.

“A stop movement is designed to protect the health of the state’s livestock,” said Kansas Animal Health Commissioner George Teagarden, who will lead the exercise. “It would stop potentially diseased animals originating in other states from being transported to Kansas .”

This is the nation’s first full-scale stop movement exercise involving multiple states. Other members of the Multi-State Partnership for Security in Agriculture, which includes Kansas and Oklahoma , will be observers or players in the exercise. According to the firm SES, Inc., a stop movement in Kansas and Oklahoma alone would be used to protect more than $14 billion in annual livestock and poultry sales.

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