Mortality Management

Disposal of dead livestock must be in accordance with Section 15 of the Livestock Manure and Mortalities Management Regulation.  (PDF 69 KB)  This regulation specifies that mortalities must be kept in a secure storage room, covered container or secure location and continually frozen or refrigerated if not disposed of within 48  hours after death.  They must be stored in a location that prevents access by scavenger animals such as coyotes, wolves, dogs or birds.  Acceptable methods of disposal include delivery to a rendering plant, burial, composting or incineration.

Disposal of Mass Mortalities

In the case of mass mortalities from events such as a barn fire or a disease outbreak, operators should contact their local Environment Officer for instructions on appropriate disposal.  If there is a suspected animal health issue, operators should work with their veterinarian to determine how to deal with the situation.