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Composting System Tested
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Draft Guidelines for Emergency Cattle Mortality Composting

Link to  ISU Swine Mortality Composting Website

Emergency Livestock Mortality Composting in Iowa

A research project  to assess the environmental impacts and biosecurity of emergency composting procedures

Sponsored by
 Iowa State University
Iowa Department of Natural Resources

web design & content by Dr. Tom Glanville
Dept. of Agricultural & Biosytems Engineering, Iowa State University

 - Iowa is a leader in poultry and livestock production.

 - A disease outbreak like the 2001 foot-and-mouth outbreak in Great Britain could require emergency  disposal of millions of animals in Iowa.

 - Iowa's rendering industry would not have
the capacity to handle a widespread outbreak.

 - Iowa Department of Natural Resources estimates that as much as 40% of  Iowa's land area is poorly suited for mass burial of animals.

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