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Animal Mortality Composting

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

ASAE  ANSI/ASABE EP585.1   March  2021

Keywords: Biosecurity, Carcass, Compost, Disposal, Mortality

1 Purpose and Scope

1.1  Purpose

This Engineering Practice provides guidelines for biosecure, environmentally acceptable, and economically sustainable disposal of livestock and poultry carcasses and carcass parts via composting.

1.2  Scope

This Engineering Practice covers planning, construction, operation, and maintenance of mortality composting operations using naturally ventilated, static pile bin or windrow systems of the type typically used for routine or emergency mortality management on farms or ranches. Guidelines for in-vessel or mechanically ventilated composting systems are not covered.

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