Carcass Composting-A Mortality Management Option Michigan Equine Owners (E3168)

This bulletin offers useful information on a difficult topic for equine owners: disposing of dead animals in an environmentally friendly way.

Unfortunately, if you own horses long enough, the time will come when you must make decisions about a deceased horse. For many horse owners, this becomes problematic because their land base resources do not allow for appropriate disposal procedures, so options for carcass disposal may be limited, and they may have no plan to manage equine mortality. Horse owners may not be aware that composting — more specifically, open-static pile composting — is an acceptable and viable way to dispose of a horse carcass.


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