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