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How to Dispose of Cattle Mortalities: New Video

How best to dispose of dead cattle is an important question. Some methods are better than others at controlling the spread of disease and preventing contamination of air or ground water.  After the advent of BSE in Canada, disposal through traditional channels such as rendering has become more expensive, and in some cases less available.

This episode of the Beef Research School features Dr. Kim Stanford, a researcher with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. The pros and cons of various alternatives for disposal of cattle mortalities are explained to help you decide which method might work best on your operation.  Dr. Stanford also explains how to start composting dead cattle any time of year.

Because regulations differ across provinces, check local regulations before adopting a particular method.

See the video here.

Stay tuned for upcoming episodes of the Beef Research School, which will soon discuss the beef care code and genetic selection to improve carcass quality. Past episodes covered rangeland health assessment, mineral supplementation, and vaccination programs. More information on the Beef Research School.

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Jared GirmanNovember 2, 2022

Thanks for sharing such a nice post. Yes, I agree with you. Disposal of dead cattle is needful to prevent pollution.


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