Livestock mortality composting is a relatively inexpensive, biosecure and environmentally sound approach to addressing the issue of livestock carcass disposal. eXtension, an interactive learning environment delivering researched knowledge from land-grant universities, has scheduled a two-part webinar series to address management issues related to composting:

• Aug. 15, 2:30 p.m. (Eastern) – Livestock Mortality Composting – Beyond the Basics Part 1  

This webcast will feature presentations by national experts who participated in Langston University’s Livestock Mortality Composting – Beyond the Basics Conference held earlier this year. Topics include: pile characteristics for effective composting; management and environmental considerations when siting and managing composting facilities; and mortality compost nutrients for on-farm use.

Speakers include Saqib Mukhtar, Texas A&M University; Karl VanDevender, University of Arkansas; and Dean Ross, former Michigan State University Extension educator.


• Sept. 19, 2:30 p.m. (Eastern) – Livestock Mortality Composting – Beyond the Basics Part 2

As the popularity of composting as an option for managing livestock mortalities increases, innovative research has emerged regarding drug and prion persistence in mortality compost piles. A related issue is the consideration of worker safety during composting.

This webcast will feature presentations on: the fate of euthanasia drugs during composting; can composting destroy prions; and mortality composting worker safety considerations. New mortality composting resources will also be covered.

Speakers include Mary Schwarz, Cornell Waste Management Institute at Cornell University; Dr. Tim Reuter, Livestock Research Branch of Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Government of Alberta, Canada; Tommy Bass, Montana State University; and Dr. Josh Payne, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.

To participate, go to on the day of the webcast to download the speaker’s power point presentations and connect to the virtual meeting room. First time viewers should also follow the steps at:

An application for continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) and members of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) has been submitted.

For more information

* Conference proceedings

* What is Animal Mortality Composting? 

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