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On Farm Mortality Disposal Options for Livestock Producers

ID

2909-1412 (ANR-77NP)

Authors as Published

Jason Carter, Animal Science Extension Agent; Bobby Clark, Crop & Soil Science Extension Agent; Greg Evanylo, Professor and Extension Specialist, Crop & Soil Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech; Alicia Ketchum, Environmental Engineer, USDA, NRCS, Bob Peer, Agricultural Program Coordinator, Valley Regional Office of DEQ; Doug Saunders, Deputy Director, Division of Animal and Food Industry Services; Graham Simmerman, Regional Waste Program Manager, Valley Regional Office of DEQ; Crystal Smith, Animal Science Extension Agent; Mark Wahlberg, Extension Animal Scientist, Animal & Poultry Sciences, Virginia Tech
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All livestock producers at some point are faced with decisions regarding how to dispose of livestock mortality from their farm. Each option has its own benefits and limitations based on accessibility, regulatory restrictions, expense, and biosecurity concerns. Livestock producers should also know that it is their responsibility to dispose of dead animals within 48 hours by one of the approved methods highlighted below. There are approved and preferred methods of animal mortality management according to the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Farmers should choose the option that best suits their farm’s mortality disposal needs.

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Virginia Cooperative Extension materials are available for public use, re-print, or citation without further permission, provided the use includes credit to the author and to Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, and Virginia State University.

Publisher

Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Alan L. Grant, Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; Jewel E. Hairston, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State, Petersburg.

Date

July 31, 2013