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Animal Carcass Disposal Options

Producers have several options for disposing of carcasses, including rendering, incineration, burial and composting. The choice of disposal options depends on location, availability of raw materials or equipment and services, affordability and limitations to properly protecting the environment.

, Livestock Environmental Management Specialist

Carcass composting is considered one of the best disposal options due to its greater affordability, better  biosecurity and low inputs and investment requirements, but composting needs proper management for  complete decomposition and to ensure that objectionable odors are not generated. Complete destruction of pathogens and weed seeds occur by maintaining thermophilic conditions during the active composting period.

If done properly, composting animal carcasses is an environmentally safe disposal option to manage  emergency mortalities that do not require very high temperatures for complete destruction of transmissible diseases such as BSE.

For more information, including instructions for composting carcasses, see the following:

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