The basics of blue-green algae and the risks to livestock

The basics of blue-green algae and the risks to livestock

Wheat harvest is just getting started around north central Kansas, however, with the weather conditions, checking your farm ponds may be something on your “chore list,” as blue-green algae may be a concern! Weather conditions that might increase the potential of blue-algae development in farm ponds include pretty high temperatures along with abundant sunlight. Blue-green algae produce toxins that pose a health risk to livestock that use these ponds for drinking water.

Lovewell Reservoir, Jewell County, is on the WARNING list according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), for Bluegreen algae. A WARNING designation means Harmful algae is EXPECTED OR PRESENT. The following are the recommendations from KDHE: All contact with water, including fishing and boating, should be avoided.

 

 

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