Managing livestock mortalities
Death of animals is a normal occurrence and represents a loss to the operator. Even the best livestock producers will have losses between two and three per cent, but higher rates can occur. Please see Managing Livestock Mortalities to find several options for managing livestock mortalities.
Composting animal mortalities
The management of animal mortalities is an important consideration for livestock producers.
Livestock producers have been challenged to discover innovative ways to manage livestock and poultry mortalities. Please see Composting Animal Mortalities: A Producer's Guide which describes the composting process and provides information on general planning considerations, building and managing the composting pile, and much more.
Livestock disposal in the event of an emergency
Events such as fire, building collapse, suffocation or the outbreak of a major disease will result in a large number of animal deaths. Producers are encouraged to develop a plan to dispose of significant numbers of animal carcasses in the event of a catastrophic loss. Please see Emergency Livestock Disposal Sites fact sheet for further information.