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.
- 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)
Routine Mortalities - Large Animal Disposal
The following factsheets provide guidance and best practices for disposing of routine mortalities.
- Large Animal Disposal - On-Farm Composting - South Coast B.C. (PDF, 1.1 MB)
- Large Animal Disposal - On-Farm Burial - South Coast B.C. (PDF)
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, 1.2 MB)
- Protocol # 3 On-Farm, Out-of-Barn Biological Heat Treatment of Material Potentially Infected with Avian Influenza (PDF)