Journal or Book Title
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Research Focus Area(s)
Land and Water Resources Engineering
Composting is an alternative method of carcass disposal in those situations when conventional methods are inadequate. With proper maintenance and monitoring, carcass composting systems can be safe and efficient with minimal environmental impacts. Importantly, proper composting eliminates many pathogens and may reduce levels of carcass contamination with spore-forming bacteria, prions, and other pathogens.
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Berge, Anna Catharina B.; Glanville, Thomas D.; Millner, Patricia D,; and Klingborg, Donald J., "Methods and microbial risks associated with composting of animal carcasses in the United States" (2009). Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Publications. 271.