10.1 Dealing with mortalities

Where available and economical, rendering is often the method of choice. On site burial was once a common method for mortality disposal and may still be acceptable if mortalities are buried at the proper depth in soils where a water table or other limitations do not exist. Landfills may also accept mortalities. Incineration is used by larger operations, particularly for smaller animals. Finally, composting is a relatively new option for mortality disposal.

Check with local county and city officials for any guidelines or regulations regarding burial, landfilling, incineration, or composting of mortalities.

You will need the following information:

Applicable local county and city guidelines or regulations:
Rules regarding burial, landfilling, incineration, or composting of mortalities.

Information about the different types of mortality disposal available to you:
Read Cow Mortality Disposal, a fact sheet describing disposal methods.

Use the mortality disposal checksheet to determine the most effective mortality disposal method(s) for your operation.

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