Craig Williams And Team Showcase Carcass Management Workshop Efforts At Galaxy IV
Posted: October 11, 2013
In 2005, USDA Agriculture Statistics Service reported over 7.2 million cattle, 1.3 million hogs, and 801 million chickens in the Northeast. All livestock operations have mortalities at an average rate of 5-7% that need to be managed, and USDA Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans (CNMP) must include methodology for sustainable carcass management. Composting carcasses is an economical and environmentally sound alternative to rendering and burial for sustainable carcass management that has been successfully demonstrated for poultry, horses, cattle, sheep and hogs. It also reduces bio-security risk because it decreases transportation and potential exposure to other livestock. However, Extension educators and other agricultural service providers needed training to be able to teach and advise farmers about this practice. With a series of hands-on workshops to train trainers, webinars, and team assistance to conduct further trainings 5400 people in 13 states were engaged in education on biosecure, environmentally safe mortality management. Click on poster for more information.