What it contains
This guidance demonstrates how to safely compost dead animals on farms. It will help farmers dispose of farm mortalities in a bio-secure method that can produce beneficial soil by-product.
The guideline is only for use in composting a small number of animals. It is does not apply to the management and disposal of large numbers of animal mortalities that result from a disease outbreak.
This document focuses on two composting methods to process animal carcasses weighing more than five kilograms:
- Mortality bin composting for small to medium carcasses (up to the size of a sheep or pig)
- Mortality pile composting for large carcasses (a cow or horse)
- Target audience
- Farmers who manage a small number of animal mortalities on site
- Publication number
- Waste and recycling
- Number of pages
- Release date
- 14 March 2023
- Reading level
- Document version
Reviewed 14 March 2023