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Natural Rendering: Composting Livestock Mortality and Butcher Waste
A practical and economical alternative for disposing of whole animal carcasses and butcher waste. (For additional mortality composting resources click here.)
   

A 12-page illustrated fact sheet describes the process, cautions, problems, biosecurity issues, economics and more.

A 20-minute video describes mortality and butcher residual composting featuring eight operations. Download in English or Spanish.

A set of three posters (English and Spanish) have been developed for educators and are available for downloading and printing:

Cornell News Service press release "Natural Rendering of Downer Cattle Called Economical Alternative by Cornell Compost Experts".

The video and fact sheet have won several awards (below) with the video capturing a Blue Ribbon at the 2003 ASAE Annual Meeting.

November 2003 - NYS Association of County Agricultural Agents awarded Jean Bonhotal in the Poster Session for "You Can Compost What? Disposal of Livestock Mortality & Butcher Waste"

November 2003 - NYS Association of County Agricultural Agents awarded Jean Bonhotal the Communications Northeast Regional Finalist Award for the fact sheet "Natural Rendering: Composting Livestock Mortality and Butcher Waste"

November 2003 - Outstanding New Extension Publication Award given for contributions of publications that are timely for the subject matter need and have received user-ship among Extension Educators.

July 2003 - The National Association of County Agricultural Agents awarded Jean Bonhotal the Communication Award for the video tape "Natural Rendering: Composting Livestock Mortality and Butcher Waste"

July 2003 - The National Association of County Agricultural Agents awarded Jean Bonhotal the Certificate of Participation for her presentation "You Can Compost What? Disposal of Livestock Mortality & Butcher Waste"  

July 2003 - American Society of Agricultural Engineers awarded the Natural Rendering: Composting Livestock Mortality and Butcher Waste video a Blue Ribbon in the 2003 ASAE Educational Aids Competition.

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