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Johnson County

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Johnson County
11811 S. Sunset Drive
Suite 1500
Olathe, KS 66061

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday,
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

(913) 715-7000
(913) 715-7005 fax
jo@listserv.ksu.edu

Map to our office

K-State Research and Extension is committed to making its services, activities and programs accessible to all participants. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting Johnson County Extension at (913)715-7000. Notify staff of accommodation needs as early as possible.

Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service

K-State Research and Extension is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Livestock and Water

Ponds can serve as a great source of year round water for livestock. The most common option for watering is to give animals free access to walk in and out of the pond. Unfortunately, this can lead to poor water quality, increased algae growth, and even animal losses if they break through the ice in winter. A better option would be to fence the pond off from all livestock and to install a frost free waterer below the dam.

Livestock water quality best practices
K-State has a livestock water quality specialist that can help with best practices.

Your closest contact is:

Herschel George
Watershed Specialist - Marais Des Cygnes River
Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment
(913) 294-6021
Hgeorge@ksu.edu

Cost share funds
There may be cost share funds to help you fence a pond area and to install a new watering system. Your local contact for funds would be with the Johnson County Conservation District. The contact info is:

Gayla Speer, district manager,
Johnson County Conservation District.
913-715-7022
gayla.speer@jocogov.org

Other Resources:

Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment (KCARE)

KCARE was established to coordinate and enhance research, extension and teaching activities pertaining to environmental issues related to agriculture. Daniel L. Devlin, Ph.D., is the director. ddevlin@ksu.edu

Publications
Kansas State Research and Extension also offers two good publications to get you started:

Contact Us

Juju Wellemeyer 
Natural Resources and Mid/Small Scale Agriculture Agent       juju.Wellemeyer@jocogov.org