Concept and Equipment Demonstrations

The following concept and equipment demonstrations will be conducted during the 6th International Symposium on Animal Mortality Management on June 6, 2018 at 3:30 p.m.

  • Aboveground Burial (AGB)—In this demo, aboveground burial is demonstrated with an adult Holstein cow placed on a 12-inch thick bed of carbon within an 18-inch deep trench.  The animal is then covered with the soil that was excavated from the trench.  Finally, the soil mound is seeded and the entire site is allowed to set while the carcass naturally decomposes.  The decomposition process occurs in the shallow, biologically active soil zone where biological decay and the distance to groundwater is greatest.  The AGB system was constructed during December 2016.
  • Deep Pit Burial—This is the traditional go to practice for most farm mortalities.  In this case, a 6-8 foot deep pit is dug into the ground, with an optional liner added.  The pit is just wide enough to accommodate a carcass, which is added and then the pit is back-filled.  This demonstration was also built in December of 2016 and will be compared to the actions of the above ground burial.  A viewing port has been added to allow carcass observations and leachate sampling is also included in this demo.
  • Static Pile Compost –This demo is built in accordance with USDA Livestock Mortality Compost Guidelines and includes placing an adult Holstein carcass on a 12 long by 16 foot wide by 18 to 24-inch thick bed of carbonaceous amendment, followed by an additional 18-24 inches of carbonaceous material as a cover.  The pile will be constructed in early April and will compost for 6-8 weeks prior to excavation.
  • Aerated Static Pile—This demo is set up similarly to the static pile demo except that the composting will take place inside a 20 yard roll-off and the base will be underlain by perforated PVC piping.  This pile will also be built on the same day as the static pile and both will be compared for degree of degradation based on benefits of aeration.
  • Drone Monitoring—Fitted with an infrared temperature monitor, a commercial drone will be used to show how aerial monitoring might facilitate temperature monitoring of large mortality compost piles/windrows during a foreign animal disease outbreak or natural disaster event.
  • Foam Euthanasia—In this demo, experts from North Carolina will show the proper techniques to humanely use foam to rapidly depopulate during a significant animal disease outbreak or other critical event.  This demonstration will feature simulated animals only.
  • Ask the Experts:  In this tent, participants will have a chance to interact with 8 industry experts specializing in all aspects of mortality management.
  • Static Outdoor Vendor Displays:  In this area, many existing vendors of equipment and mortality management services will be displaying equipment and talking about mortality management capabilities of their companies, including: services offered, equipment applications and other mortality related topics.
  • Equipment Demos:  In this area, various vendors of mortality management equipment will be exhibiting and operating their equipment in a real-life scenarios using actual mortalities.  Horizontal and Vertical grinders and other mortality management equipment will be featured here.