Authors as Published

Gary A. Flory, Agricultural and Stormwater Program Manager, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Robert W. Peer, Agricultural Program Coordinator, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, George W. Malone, Consultant, Malone Poultry Consulting, Eric S. Bendfeldt, Extension Specialist, Department of Crops and Soil Environmental Sciences, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Robert A. Clark, Senior Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Virginia Cooperative Extension

cover, Guidelines for In-House Composting Poultry Mortality as a Rapid Response to Avian Influenza

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Composting is a biological heating process that results in the natural degradation of organic resources (such as poultry carcasses) by microorganisms. Composting has been successfully used throughout the United States for nearly two decades to control outbreaks of avian influenza. Composting can be effective with most bird types and poultry house designs. In 2007, composting was used to dispose of more than 2,000,000 pounds of carcasses on 2 turkey farms exposed to Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza (LPAI) in Virginia and West Virginia.

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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 24, 2015