Posted by Dave Stender – Iowa State University Expansion and Public Relations

AMES, Iowa – Composting has long been an option for disposing of animal mortality. It can generally be done on the farm, requires little equipment and additional supplies, and the end product can be used to improve soil fertility.

Learn How To Compost Your Livestock Farm In Simple Steps.

Although composting was not a standard practice on many farms due to other established practices, some new or potential changes in the situation have sparked renewed interest in composting. Whether you’re interested in reducing or eliminating on-site rendering truck stops, or working on an overall biosecurity plan for your farm, composting could be on your radar now.

A new publication from the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Pork Industry Center can help provide the necessary information.

Dave Stender, pig specialist at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, is one of the authors. While the publication is written for beginners, anyone who wants to learn more about problems, options, and steps can benefit from it.

“Two main problems with composting are odor and leachate, which is the water that seeps through a solid,” he said. “Both can easily be remedied by selecting and managing suitable co-composting materials.”

The publication describes how to set up the base for the compost, cover the carcass to shed rain, and choose the co-compost material that will act as a bio-filter against noxious odors.

Download the Field Tips for Successful Composting publication for free from the Iowa State Extension Store.

The Iowa Pork Industry Center was founded in 1994 as a coordinated initiative by the Agriculture (now Agriculture and Life Sciences) and Veterinary Medicine colleges in the state of Iowa. Its mission is to promote efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintain Iowa’s leadership in the pork industry, and strengthen rural development efforts. IPIC focuses its efforts on programs that are an integral and complementary part of ISU Extension and Outreach. Through IPIC, Iowa manufacturers receive accurate, timely information to make their operations more efficient and profitable.

For more information, contact Stender at 712-261-0225 or [email protected].