Northwest and Allee Research and Demonstration Farm
Composting is becoming a popular way to handle livestock mortalities. The co-compost material, sometimes referred to as carbon source or bulking agent, is used to cover the mortalities and provide a microenvironment for bacteria. The co-compost material should be readily available, inexpensive, and free of pesticide residues. Some commonly used co-compost materials are turkey brooder litter, poultry litter, hoop barn manure, corn stalks, ground corncobs, wood shavings, and wood chips. Use of a compost thermometer is helpful to be sure that the process is occurring properly. Temperatures in the 110 to 150o F range indicate decay that will be fast and odor free whereas cold temperatures indicate problems.
Iowa State University
Kohl, Kris, "Livestock Composting at the Allee Farm" (2003). Iowa State Research Farm Progress Reports. 1485.