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Disposal Options in an FAD Outbreak

Besides the actual depopulation itself, determining how to dispose of carcasses is also a difficult decision.

Equipment, inputs and time are the three primary considerations in terms of disposal, said Marguerite Tan, Director of Environmental Programs for the National Pork Board.

Methods include:

  • Incineration
  • Deep-pit burial
  • Whole composting
  • Ground composting
  • Shallow burial with carbon (treatments that require carbon)

Many factors come into consideration, including virus inactivation, available real estate, distance to groundwater, soil types, well- and surface-water locations, topography, state regulations and deed restrictions.

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