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03/01/2013: "How to Compost a Horse Carcass (An Alternative)"

This is an alternative for those of you that can not afford to dispose of your deceased horse. I am not saying this is for everyone but it is an option.

It is well understood that if you own horses long enough there will be a time when you are challenged with making the realistic decision about what to do with a deceased horse. This decision can be challenging for several reasons including: not having planned ahead and knowing your options for carcass disposal, the need to respond quickly, limited land base, equipment and cost. Having a good plan to manage equine mortality will make this situation much less stressful.

MSU Extension conducted an equine carcass composting demonstration in the past year and now has developed a bulletin entitled: Carcass Composting " A Mortality Management Option for Michigan Equine Owners. The purpose of these efforts was to help horse owners in Michigan to become aware of and understand how to utilize composting for animal carcass management, as well as to help horse owners in Michigan develop or make improvements in mortality management procedures while achieving environmental compliance with state regulations (the Michigan Bodies of Dead Animals Act (BODA), Act 239 of 1982.

To download a free copy of Carcass Composting " A Mortality Management Option for Michigan Equine Owners bulletin you may visit the MSUE Bookstore website: http://www.bookstore.msue.msu.edu/. You may also contact Tom Guthrie (guthri19@anr.msu.edu or 517-788-4292) or Dr. Dale Rozeboom (Rozeboom@msu.edu or 517-355-8393) with any additional questions that you may have in regard to composting an equine carcass.

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