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A bear, a lion and a chicken meet...
Bear says: "If I roar in the forest, the entire forest is shivering with fear."
Lion says: "If I roar in the desert, the entire desert is afraid of me."
Says the chicken: "Big deal, I only have to cough, and the entire planet goes crazy!"
Avian Influenza and Poultry Composting
CWMI, in contract with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, assisted in the development and dissemination of educational materials for a composting component of a state emergency response plan for avian influenza. These materials can be used for routine mortality as well.

The Role of the Cornell Waste Management Institute in the Emergency Response Plan for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in New York State

  • Natural Rendering: Composting Poultry Mortality. A 12p illustrated fact sheet. 2008.
  • A 6-minute video of the same title is available for downloading. Click here. 2008.
  • Illustrated poster, PDF or Powerpoint (11x17). 2008
  • A literature review of Avian Influenza and methods of disposal of affected poultry. 2008.
  • Emergency Response Planning for Disposal of Avian Influenza Affected Birds in NYS. Proceedings from the 3rd International Symposium: Management of Animal Carcasses, Tissue and Related Byproducts. 2009.
  • Mortality Management Options During an Avian Influenza Outbreak. This 70-min. webcast provides a curent update of the outbreak and highlights mortality management options. View here. October 2015.

Additional mortality composting resources can be found here.

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