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Mortality Management After a Rollover Event

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October 4, 2019 - Author: and ,

Bodies of Dead Animals Act Information:

The Bodies of Dead Animals Act (BODA) outlines those options that are acceptable for mortality disposal in the state of Michigan (https://www.michigan.gov/mdard/0,4610,7-125-48096_48404---,00.html). These options include landfill, rendering, composting, burial, and incineration.

Landfill:

  1. Must be a Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) licensed landfill
    1. List of EGLE landfills in the state of Michigan: https://www.michigan.gov/egle/0,9429,7-135-3312_4123-9894--,00.html
    2. Call ahead to see if landfill accepts dead animals

Rendering:

  1. Must be a state licensed renderer
    1. List of state licensed renderers in the state of Michigan: https://www.michigan.gov/mdard/0,4610,7-125-1569_16979_21265---,00.html

Composting:

  1. Can occur on your own property or other property with permission as long as you are following the below composting procedures:
    1. Bodies of Dead Animals Rules - http://dmbinternet.state.mi.us/DMB/ORRDocs/AdminCode/1564_2015-059AC_AdminCode.pdf
    2. Michigan Animal Tissue Compost Operational Standard - https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mda/BODA_Composting_Operational_Standards_216592_7.pdf
  1. Can also occur at a registered composting facility
  2. List of registered composting facilities in the state of Michigan - https://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/DEQ-WHMD-List_Registered_Compost_Sites_230193_7.pdf
  3. Call ahead to make sure composting facility accepts dead animals

Burial:

  1. Can potentially occur on your own property or other property with permission as long as following the below requirements:
  2. Sites must not have contact with surface or ground water
  3. Sites must be 200 feet from wells

Incineration:

  1. Must be permitted by the Air Quality Division of EGLE
    1. Capacity could make this difficult if a large mortality event occurs
    2. No current online list of municipal waste incinerators

Other:

Other methods may be used with approval from the Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development: https://www.michigan.gov/mdard/0,4610,7-125-1572_82358---,00.html

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Tags: animal mortality, erail, mortality management


Related Topic Areas

Managing Animal Mortalities, Animal Agriculture, Beef, Dairy, Horses, Sheep & Goats, Pork, Poultry


Authors

Erica Rogers

Erica Rogers
roger392@msu.edu

Sarah Fronczak
froncza3@msu.edu

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