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Animal Mortality Facility

A farmer managing animal carcasses in an animal mortality facility

Practice Code: 316
Reporting Unit: Number (No.)

An animal mortality facility is an on-farm facility for the treatment or disposal of livestock and poultry carcasses.

Purposes and Benefits

  • Provides a safe method for discarding of livestock or poultry
  • Reduces the impact of odors that result from improperly handled animal mortality
  • Minimizes risk of contaminated runoff entering nearby streams, water bodies, groundwater and soil.
  • Decreases the likelihood of the spread of disease or other pathogens that result from the interaction of animal mortality and predators

Conservation Practice Documents

Web link image: Field Office Technical GuideDocuments associated with this and other conservation practices are available at the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide Web site.


Related Conservation Practices

This practice is commonly used in a Conservation Management System with practices such as:

Access Control (472)
Access Road (560)
Composting Facility (317)
Critical Area Planting (342)
Diversion (362)
Fence (382)
Filter Strip (393)
Heavy Use Area Protection (561)
Nutrient Management (590)
Roof Runoff Structure (558)
Roofs and Covers (367)

Additional Information

The following Web sites provide additional information related to this conservation practice.

Natural Rendering: Composting Livestock Mortality and Butcher Waste - Cornell University
Managing Livestock and Poultry Mortalities - Cornell University

If you want to learn how you can protect natural resources on your farm or forestland, please contact your local NRCS Service Center.


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