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.