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Conservation Practices
Minnesota Conservation Funding Guide


Dead Animal Composting

On-farm livestock mortality composting facility with wood walls and a fabric-covered hoop roof provides biosecurity without odor, rodents or scavengers. Photo MDA
On-farm livestock mortality composting facility with wood walls and a fabric-covered hoop roof provides biosecurity without odor, rodents or scavengers. Photo MDA.

Dead animal composting involves specialized on-farm facilities and practices to completely compost livestock/poultry carcasses on the farm or safely store them until they can be removed for off-farm disposal.

Similar & related practices

  • Dead animal composting is best used with roof runoff management and clean water diversions to protect water quality by diverting runoff water around and away from composting facilities.
  • A similar practice covered by this Conservation Funding Guide is manure composting.

More information

Guidance from USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service

Other resources

Contact

See contacts for specific programs that fund this practice in the side-by-side payment comparison or contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District