Livestock Mortality Composting in California

Project Type: Professional Development Program
Funds awarded in 2021: $79,037.00
Projected End Date: 09/30/2023
Host Institution Award ID: G105-22-W8617
Grant Recipient: UC Cooperative Extension
Region: Western
State: California
Principal Investigator:
Tracy Schohr
UC Cooperative Extension
Laura Snell
UC Cooperative Extension
What is Livestock Mortality Composting (LMC)?
LMC is a method of disposing mammalian tissue on-ranch that is selfsustaining
and results in a valuable end-product: cured compost. Onfarm
composting is an effective, environmentally friendly, and
economically viable alternative to current unfeasible carcass
disposal options. Composting is a critical tool for ranchers in rural
areas to reduce livestock-predator interactions, enhance local meat
processing opportunities, and efficiently dispose of a mortality.
Fact Sheet
Grace Woodmansee, UCCE Siskiyou
Nicole Stevens, UCCE Siskiyou
Dana Brady-Yount, CSU Chico
Kasey DeAtley, CSU Chico
Laura Snell, UCCE Modoc
Target audiences:
Farmers/Ranchers; Educators
This product is associated with the project "Building Capacity to Reduce Human-Wildlife Conflict"
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.