Authors as Published

Sarah Ciamillo, Graduate Student, Animal and Poultry Sciences, Virginia Tech; Gregory Peck, Assistant Professor, Alson H. Smith Jr. Agricultural Research and Extension Center; Mark Williams, Assistant Professor, Horticulture, Virginia Tech; Rebecca K. Splan, Associate Professor, Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension Center; C.A. Shea Porr, Assistant Professor, Animal/Equine Science, Murray State University

Cover, Impact of Composting on Drug Residues in Large Animal Mortality

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Mortalities are inevitable in animal agriculture. For most animal operations in the United States, the average annual mortality is estimated to be between 4.5 and 6 percent of the livestock population. Common methods of mortality disposal include burial, rendering, incineration, and use of a landfill. The availability of options for disposing of mortality, particularly rendering, have changed in recent years, and financially and environmentally sound alternatives are needed. 

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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

Publication Date

September 25, 2014