01/28/2020

Is dead stock becoming a pain point for your customers?

The average dairy herd size has grown from 134 to 251 in the last 15 years. As dairies get larger and larger, so does the inconvenience of disposing dead stock. There used to be efficient and effective methods of carcass disposal including rendering, burying, and composting. A rendering truck would pick up your dead stock, take it to the plant, and render it into usable products like pet food. Now, rendering companies won’t touch dead stock for pet food because of the ways the animal died. There have been traces of toxicities linked to euthanizing techniques in pet food, therefore, no more dead stock for pet food. EPA guidelines are not being met, which means rendering plants across the country are being shut down. So, the demand for rendering is becoming greater, and rendering plants are becoming more scarce. When farms were small, burying was the disposal method of choice. Farmers took one cow to the back 40 to bury them. The issue now is herds are larger, so burying happens more often. Farmers don’t have time, and there are many more regulations than there were even 15 years ago. Not to mention that burying an animal in winter after the ground freezes is borderline impossible. That leaves composting. Composting is expensive. You need enough carbon monoxide material (like woodchips) to lay below and on top of the animal. It also takes time, and is an expensive disposal method when factoring in material and land. What are dairy farmers supposed to do?

Incineration.

Incineration is the best solution for dairy farmers now. Unfortunately, it seems each state needs to test it in order to make sure it meets or exceeds EPA guidelines. Many states have passed J&D’s Biosecure Cow Cremator with flying colors. Other states, it’s a little more time consuming.

J&D is trying to do a better job of selling the solution instead of a product. The more information we can provide to you that is relatable to your customers, the better. If you have any questions on our solution to carcass disposal, please contact your territory manager, or call J&D directly.