Poultry and Livestock Carcass Disposal
On February 28, 2019, the Agricultural Waste Control Regulation is being replaced with the Agricultural Environmental Management Code of Practice. This page is being updated to be consistent with the new regulation.
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)
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)