Maine Bulletin No. ME 450-13-10


                                                                                                    February 1, 2013

Subject: TCH – Livestock Mortality Management Planning

Purpose: Announcing requirements and corrective action for Livestock Mortality Management Planning in Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans (CNMPs).

Expiration Date: May 1, 2013

Explanation: As of April 28, 2012, an updated version of Maine’s Chapter 211 Rules for the Disposal of Animal Carcasses went into effect. The Rules now require that Routine Livestock Carcass Disposal be addressed in Nutrient Management Plans (NMPs). With the exception of certain “Exempt” farms, they also require a soils investigation by a Soil Scientist for any carcass disposal which will be performed “on or in” soils. While this work has been being performed in Maine for Catastrophic disposal plans, it has not been done for Routine Mortality Disposal.

NRCS CNMPs require that both Routine and Catastrophic Mortality be addressed. From this date forward, both types of livestock mortality disposal will be included in all CNMPs, and planned in accordance with Chapter 211 Rules. Composting is the preferred disposal method in Maine.

Corrective Action:

Any CNMP which were completed after April 28, 2012 must be brought into compliance with the Chapter 211 Rules. Field offices are responsible to ensure that CNMPs written by NRCS staff since that date are reviewed and updated as necessary to comply with the requirement to address both Routine and Catastrophic Mortality disposal. This may entail a field visit to complete a site and/or soils investigation. Each field office is responsible to coordinate the work and ensure that it is and added to the CNMP by July 1, 2013. Nutrient Management Plans written by Validus will be addressed by Validus and the state. This may entail an additional field visit to the site by these parties to perform a soils investigation.

For CNMPs written by NRCS, all soils investigations are to be completed by an NRCS Soils Resource Specialist. Some situations do not require a soils investigation. In these instances, the planner may choose to perform the carcass planning, or they may have a Soils Resource Specialist perform all carcass disposal planning. For more information, refer to the document, “Guidance for Addressing Livestock Mortality Management in CNMPs”, which is located in with the CNMP Template in eFOTG – Section VI – Tools – CNMP. When a CNMP is completed, the planner is responsible for sending the “Notification Form for Catastrophic Carcass Disposal Plan” to the state. A copy of the form is located in Maine’s CNMP Template.

Contact. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Alice Begin, Resource Conservationist at 207-990-9568 or email

/s/ Brian Vigue, Acting

State Conservationist

The following documents require  Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)

Attachment 1:  Guidance for Addressing Livestock Mortality Management in CNMPs
 Attachment 2:  Rules for the Disposal of Animal Carcasses