Horse carcass disposal
May a horse carcass be hauled to the U of M and be disposed of in their Biodigester? If so, what is the cost?
OR where are we to haul the carcass to an incinerator? Our vet said Rendering will no longer take horses. As a boarding stable with several geriatric horses, I have a need for answers to this emotional question for some horse owners, as well as the cost, location, hours, hauling, etc.
Where might I find answers to these questions. Thank you.
Olmsted County Minnesota
Thank you for asking Farm Information Line. Your question is so important not only for your situation, but for anyone caring for livestock. Here is a UMN Extension handout on horse carcass disposal; https://extension.umn.edu/horse-care-and-management/horse-carcass-disposal#burial-1507510. I will also forward your question onto our horse expert at the University of Minnesota Krishona Martinson.
Good luck in your search for these answers. Animal carcass disposal has been adjusted quite a bit in the last decade not only for horses, but for all livestock producers. You might want to contact another horse owners in Minnesota and how they are resolving the issue. Please contact us again with questions you may have. Mary Nelson, University of Minnesota Farm Information Line
Here's an update to your horse carcass question. I'm sorry for the inconvenience, but Krishona isn't hooked directly with our forward system. So you can contact her directly. She is very good at answering any questions regarding horses.
In order to visit with Krishona Martinson you will want to contact her directly at:
Martinson, Krishona, L; Equine Extension Specialist & Program Leader, Livestock; 612-625-6776, 612-360-4533; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you again for asking us to help you on this subject. Good luck and thank you for helping all the horse owners with their special animals.