Livestock Mortality Composting Certification Programs Scheduled

by Glen Arnold, Field Specialist, Manure Nutrient Management Systems

Two livestock mortality composting certification programs have been scheduled for January in northwest Ohio.

 The first program is set for Wednesday, January 18th at 7:00 PM and is hosted by the Seneca, Crawford and Wyandot Soil & Water Conservation Districts, Natural Resources Conservation Service & the OSU Extension office in Wyandot County. It will be held at the Wyandot County Recycling Center, 11385 County Highway 4 in Carey, Ohio. Contact Kendall Stucky at the Seneca Soil and Water 419-447-7073 for more information. Registration is $15 and requested by January 13th.

The second livestock mortality composting program is scheduled for Tuesday, January 31st at the Putnam County Extension office at 124 Putnam Parkway in Ottawa, Ohio at 7:00 PM. Contact Glen Arnold  at 419-422-3851 (Arnold.2@osu.edu) for more information or contact Ann Meyer at the Putnam County extension office at 419-523-6294. Registration is $15 and requested by January 27th.

These training sessions will certify an operator to compost all approved livestock species and are available to all Ohio livestock producers. Composting is a natural process where bacteria and fungi decompose organic material in a predominantly aerobic environment. During the composting process, microorganisms break down organic materials into a stable mixture called compost. The compost resembles humus, and is spread on farming fields.

Composting, rendering, incineration and burial are the four most common ways to dispose of livestock mortality. To legally compost dead livestock in Ohio producers must attend a certification program.

For producers who utilize composting, sawdust is the most commonly used carbon source for composting livestock mortality in Ohio. Surveys indicate farmers utilizing composting find it a cost effective and convenient method to dispose of livestock mortality.

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