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Preserving Water Quality Through Better Management of Livestock Mortality and Meat Waste

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Livestock farmers and custom butchers are finding it increasingly difficult to find off-farm disposal for mortality and meat residuals. Prices for disposal of meat by-products are in excess of $20/barrel or $25-$200/animal. Producers have waited up to five days for rendering pick up, this is unsanitary and threatens bio-security on farms. Mortality rates are 1-10% of the herd depending on age class. Proper disposal is needed for normal, routine depopulation and mass emergency events caused by natural or man induced disasters. In many cases, these previously rendered materials are being disposed of in an unsound manner on the farm, causing potential farm bio-security and environmental problems. Passively aerated static pile composting is proving to be a good method for managing these wastes. It is simple, takes less time than dragging a carcass out back, uses basic farm equipment, and is cost effective. This method helps protect ground and surface water by reducing pathogens in properly managed piles and has been helpful in CAFO planning. Current research has explored pathogen reduction in piles and leachate impact on soils. Cornell Waste Management Institute developed a 20-minute video, "Natural Rendering: Composting Livestock Mortality & Butcher Waste," a 12-page fact sheet and a set of posters that are being used in educational programs. Interest in mortality/butcher waste and road kill composting has been expressed in all areas of the country.
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Bonhotal, Jean. and Schwarz, Mary. "Preserving Water Quality Through Better Management of Livestock Mortality and Meat Waste" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION SOCIETY, TBA, Tucson, Arizona, Jul 26, 2008 <Not Available>. 2013-12-14 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p235721_index.html>

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Bonhotal, J. and Schwarz, M. , 2008-07-26 "Preserving Water Quality Through Better Management of Livestock Mortality and Meat Waste" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION SOCIETY, TBA, Tucson, Arizona <Not Available>. 2013-12-14 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p235721_index.html

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Abstract: Livestock farmers and custom butchers are finding it increasingly difficult to find off-farm disposal for mortality and meat residuals. Prices for disposal of meat by-products are in excess of $20/barrel or $25-$200/animal. Producers have waited up to five days for rendering pick up, this is unsanitary and threatens bio-security on farms. Mortality rates are 1-10% of the herd depending on age class. Proper disposal is needed for normal, routine depopulation and mass emergency events caused by natural or man induced disasters. In many cases, these previously rendered materials are being disposed of in an unsound manner on the farm, causing potential farm bio-security and environmental problems. Passively aerated static pile composting is proving to be a good method for managing these wastes. It is simple, takes less time than dragging a carcass out back, uses basic farm equipment, and is cost effective. This method helps protect ground and surface water by reducing pathogens in properly managed piles and has been helpful in CAFO planning. Current research has explored pathogen reduction in piles and leachate impact on soils. Cornell Waste Management Institute developed a 20-minute video, "Natural Rendering: Composting Livestock Mortality & Butcher Waste," a 12-page fact sheet and a set of posters that are being used in educational programs. Interest in mortality/butcher waste and road kill composting has been expressed in all areas of the country.

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