OSU Extension offers livestock mortality composting workshop

Press release
November 05, 2014
By Press release

November 5, 2014, Ottawa, OH – Poultry, dairy, swine, beef cattle and other livestock producers wanting to learn economically and environmentally beneficial ways to handle the death of their animals can earn livestock mortality composting certification through a course offered by experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Livestock producers all have to deal with animal mortality at some point on their farms whether the death is the result of illness, old age, natural disasters or birthing problems, said Dale Ricker, on Ohio State University Extension swine program specialist.

While producers can choose any one of four state-approved methods for disposing of dead livestock in Ohio, composting is the most cost-effective because it can be done onsite with little effort or supplies, Ricker said.

The other legal options to handle livestock mortality include incineration, burial and rendering, he said.

“Composting livestock mortality is one of the most economical options when you consider the issue from a standpoint that it is an issue that a producer can face 365 days a year,” Ricker said. “While it is legal to incinerate livestock mortality, send the animal to a rendering facility or bury the animal, digging to the proper burial depth required by law is hard to do in winter months with frozen ground, for example.

“However, composting can be done easily right on site.”

Certification is required by law if producers want to use composting as a method to deal with livestock and poultry mortality in animals that naturally die or have to be euthanized, Ricker said. Ohio requires producers attend a mortality composting training session conducted by OSU Extension.

The workshop begins at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Putnam County office of OSU Extension, 1206 E. 2nd Street, in Ottawa. Registration is $10, which includes a workbook and certificate, and can be paid at the door.

Participants will learn:

  • The principles and operations of livestock mortality composting
  • Selecting a good site
  • Design options
  • Managing the compost facility
  • Biosecurity and disease prevention
  • Rule and regulations
  • Troubleshooting, which includes a review of the basic principles and management of livestock mortality composting

Participants will also receive a manual outlining the processes, procedures, rules and regulations regarding livestock mortality composting. For more information or to register, contact Ricker at 419-523-6294 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

Subscription Centre

 
New Subscription
 
Already a Subscriber
 
Customer Service
 
View Digital Magazine Renew

Most Popular

Latest Events

Human Resource Day
Wed May 29, 2019
Ontario Pork Congress
Tue Jun 18, 2019
Poultry Health Day
Tue Jun 25, 2019
Iowa Swine Day
Thu Jun 27, 2019

We are using cookies to give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. To find out more, read our Privacy Policy.