Poultry and Livestock Carcass Disposal
Composting Routine Mortalities
One way to manage routine mortalities on-farm is to compost them. The guide below provides step-by-step instructions on how to properly compost your mortalities.
The following videos provide guidance and best practices for disposing of routine mortalities.
- Composting Large Animal Mortalities on Farm (Video)
- Composting Small and Medium Hoofstock Mortalities on Farm (Video)
- Composting Routine Mortalities on Commercial Poultry Farms (Video)
- Composting Routine Mortalities from Backyard Poultry Flocks (Video)
- Composting Poultry Mortalities: Backyard Poultry Flocks (Video)
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.
- Protocol #1 On-Farm and Centralized Burial of Infected and Non-Infected Poultry and Livestock (PDF, 4.6 MB)
- Protocol # 2 On-Farm, In-Barn Biological Heat Treatment of Materials Potentially Infected with Avian Influenza (PDF, 2.3 MB)
- Protocol # 3 On-Farm, Out-of-Barn Biological Heat Treatment of Material Potentially Infected with Avian Influenza (PDF)