If you’ve got livestock, eventually you’ve got deadstock, too. Disposing of that deadstock can be a source of disease transmission or environmental contamination if not done properly, so it’s very important that ranchers and feedlot owners have a plan in place to deal with deadstock. There are several options available, all with pros and cons, but there’s also been much interest around composting. That interest has led to research to help map out the how and when of composting deadstock.
In this episode of the Beef Research School, Dr. Kim Stanford, with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, discusses the five ways in which ranchers may dispose of deadstock, noting not all are available in all areas. Stanford runs through the pros and cons of rendering, incineration, burial and natural exposure methods, and then expands on composting tips.
You’ll hear and see in the video below how composting deadstock works, how to build a pile, how to gauge if it’s working properly or not, how long it takes to compost bones and tissue, and learn how a little management can go a long way in safely disposing of deadstock.
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