Livestock mortality composting webinars planned

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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 www.extension.org/58813 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: www.extension.org/8924.

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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