Poultry and Livestock Carcass Disposal

On a farm, poultry and livestock carcass disposal is critically important.

Determining cost effective, biosecure and environmentally sound methods for carcass disposal can be difficult and requires careful consideration. Disposal of animal carcasses on farms must follow the requirements of the Agricultural Waste Control Regulation or other regulations under the Environmental Management Act.

Composting Routine Mortalities

The following videos provide guidance and best practices for disposing of routine mortalities.

Routine Mortalities - Large Animal Disposal

The following factsheets provide guidance and best practices for disposing of routine mortalities.

Non-Routine Mortality Protocols

The B.C. Government has established protocols to aid in the burial of poultry and livestock in an emergency event as a means of disposing of animals that have perished as a result of a natural disaster, and to control outbreaks of animal diseases. The  procedures, prescriptions and allowances described in the Protocols are not intended for the disposal of routine mortalities.