BROOKINGS, S.D. – SDSU Extension will provide livestock producers with a unique opportunity to learn about using composting to dispose of animal mortalities during a demonstration and seminar about composting animal losses Oct. 1.
A national expert and well-known expert on this subject, Mark Hutchinson, will lead the demonstration and seminar. Hutchinson is an Extension professor with the Maine Compost School and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
The demonstration and seminar will be held at the Southeast Research Farm, 29974 University Road, Beresford, South Dakota (Exit 47 off I-29, 5.4 miles west on Highway 46, south 2.8 miles on University Road, watch for signs).
Seminar topics include:
Recycling Livestock Mortalities: Compost Basics; Compost Feedstocks for Composting Deadstock; The Good, Bad and Ugly of Carcass Compost Pile Construction; Let's Get Dirty Exploration of Carcass Compost Pile; Sustainable Carcass Management: What are the Environmental Impacts?; Disease Control and Regulatory Aspects of Livestock Disposal; Environmental Regulations and Composting; and South Dakota Department of Environment & Natural Resources speaker will discuss Design of Structures for Composting Livestock Mortalities.
The seminar costs $35 and includes a noon meal. To preregister, contact Ruth Stevens, Southeast Farm, at 605-563-2989 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.