Dee Griffin, veterinarian with the Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center at the University of Nebraska, notes that it is possible to perform a thorough necropsy without cutting up the carcass. An intact carcass and quality hide are important to the rendering facility. From the rendering perspective, a carcass is worth $50 ($25 for the hide and $25 for meat and bone meal).
The instant an incorrect cut in the hide is made, the rendering facility loses money. A sharp knife is crucial to perform a necropsy without damaging the hide. And, carcasses should not be dragged, as this can ruin the value of the hide.
“Correct procedure should be followed so as not to make a mess of the carcass,” explains Griffin. “If body parts are falling out of the carcass, it becomes inconvenient and messy for the driver to pick it up, particularly if the weather is warm.”
“It is important to communicate with your rendering facility. Work together with the facility and driver so they receive value from the carcass and you receive value from the necropsy,” Griffin says.
Points to remember:
Give the rendering facility a good hide
Get the carcass to the facility fresh
Communicate with the rendering facility and driver
about your plans
Treat the driver like you’re glad he’s there
Depending upon individual state regulations, carcasses can also be buried or composted.