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01-24-2013 16:37:15

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How do you get rid of them? Yes I know you are not supposed to have them but they still happen. We used to just bury them, but towards the end switched to composting. Now the town is looking at limiting composting, and I'm sure the new neighbors from the city will love to hear that they are being buried just 200 yards from their well, or if you donate them to the coyotes they will smell them.

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01-29-2013 10:46:50

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 Re: Carcasses in reply to showcrop, 01-24-2013 16:37:15  
Our vet's husband has a big propane fired incinerator. He disposes of the dogs and cats from the practice (and will return the ashes is the family wants something to bury) but he also does livestock but not cheap. Last big llama I had cost me $250 to come get and dispose of. I don't have enough ground to bury them in or drag them off to for the coyotes. If someone finds a dead llama on their property they know right where to come to find the owner... ME!

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Al L. in Wisc.

01-27-2013 18:59:05

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 Re: Carcasses in reply to showcrop, 01-24-2013 16:37:15  
I remember a rendering plant a half mile out on the west side of town. Neighbors to the south maybe 20 rows of tobacco field away, neighbors to the north maybe twice that. Dad would see the rendering workers taking their breaks in the summertime in the 'fresh air' sitting atop dead cattle eating from their lunch boxes having put their work 'tools' - knives into the side of the bovines. Whheeewwwww. He did his service calls to those places at the end of the day, then home to shower and (mom) launder his closes. Did I mention Whheeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwww!

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01-27-2013 17:09:58

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 Re: Carcasses in reply to showcrop, 01-24-2013 16:37:15  
We have a truck that picks up for rendering. County government kicks in about 12 grand or so a year, times a couple dozen counties that use them. Farmer pays a 15 dollar co pay. Pretty good deal for everyone. State law specifies burial, rendering, or composting.

One of the services I offer my larger hay customers is that if they have something die I'll bury it on their site without charging the minimum on the dozer.

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01-24-2013 22:02:58

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 Re: Carcasses in reply to showcrop, 01-24-2013 16:37:15  
Out here,We no longer have a rendering co.Dead animals are supposed to go to the county landfill.

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Paul from MI

01-24-2013 20:10:57

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 Re: Carcasses in reply to showcrop, 01-24-2013 16:37:15  
We have a local rendering company, but the don't pick up dead stock any more. Everything comes from slaughterhouses. They won't even take it if you bring it in to them. We also have a baking company that ships bread and rolls all over the midwest. Some mornings, when the wind was right, it smelled like bacon and biscuits on my way to work.

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01-24-2013 18:54:37

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 Re: Carcasses in reply to showcrop, 01-24-2013 16:37:15  
I had to put down a cow this spring. You can't hardly get rendering to come out, what with all the regulations. I wouldn't even bother calling them. Even if the animal is to be disposed of and not used in any way the cord and brain has to be tested. Forget that. I drag them over to the ravine for the coyotes. If it is hot I will bury them good. There's no neighbor (other than other farms) for many a mile.

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Traditional Farmer

01-25-2013 05:44:18

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 Re: Carcasses in reply to Notjustair, 01-24-2013 18:54:37  
Coyotes will stip a dead animal here in a hurry and a dead cow or deer is a great place to be able to shoot a few.Also a good place to set steel traps.Recent snow the Coyote tracks were everywhere.

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01-24-2013 18:41:06

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 Re: Carcasses in reply to showcrop, 01-24-2013 16:37:15  
I worked in a very old plant in Detroit. Back in the old days, there wasn't any zoning. So there was this big honking factory, a couple blocks of houses, then a rendering plant. I don't know how those folks lived there, we had a big plating operation that spewed acid into the air so bad that it took the car's finish off. And if the wind was blowing the wrong way, the rendering plant would about knock you over.

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01-24-2013 18:25:35

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 Re: Carcasses in reply to showcrop, 01-24-2013 16:37:15  
Millstadt Rendering Company is our salvation for dead livestock here in Southern Illinois. They used to come get them for free, then they wanted $5, and the last time I called them they wanted $15. A bargain for a working man. They kept a card file, and it used to shame me when the old gal said, "Yep, we have you on file", or "I remember you". I'd drag the dead animal just outside the gate, leave a check for $15 in a coffee can under her neck, and when I came home from work the next evening, there was nothing left but an empty coffee can. She was gone and almost forgotten.

I worked all my life in road construction, and the Millstadt Rendering truck was one that was easily recognized. We'd see that big green truck coming, and someone would holler, "Rendering truck!!!" EVERYBODY with any experience would take a real deep breath and hold it as long as they could, and it never was long enough. That truck would gag a maggott. Those drivers had to be making $50 per hour.


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Hal/Eastern WA

01-24-2013 17:50:07

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 Re: Carcasses in reply to showcrop, 01-24-2013 16:37:15  
When I was a kid, there was a rendering company in Spokane that would come out and pick up carcasses. I don"t know if they are still around. I haven"t smelled the odor of stuff rendering in the East side of Spokane for years.

Once we had the misfortune of lightning hitting a pine tree with cattle sleeping beneath it. We found them the next Summer day, and they were already smelling bad. We were really glad that the rendering company would come out and pick up the ruined carcasses for free. It would have taken a whole lot of digging to bury all of them. It sure took any profit out of our cattle operation for a year or two.

I don"t have cattle any more, but occasionally a deer gets hit on the road and dies on my property. I generally will drag a dead animal with the tractor to a spot on my 20 acres where I won"t have to smell it at the house. The coyotes, ravens and magpies and other animals take care of any carcass I have done this with in a couple of weeks.

I also try to be considerate to my neighbors, but the wind usually blows more or less the same way.

I don"t know what I would do if my property was smaller. Good luck!

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01-24-2013 17:38:25

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 Re: Carcasses in reply to showcrop, 01-24-2013 16:37:15  
had a neighbor call me in mid-summer about a fawn that had been roadkilled. I called the local MO Dept of Conservation agent and he told me to take it to state huning area and dump it - he said the coyotes and fox will take care of it. I made sure I had his name correct and he had mine in case someone complained.

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01-24-2013 17:18:07

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 Re: Carcasses in reply to showcrop, 01-24-2013 16:37:15  
You might want to check with your landfill, mine here in Tennessee takes them. You just have to drive them to the pit, they have a forklift or bucket loader to off load.

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01-24-2013 17:14:29

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 Re: Carcasses in reply to showcrop, 01-24-2013 16:37:15  
There's a deadstock service around here that will come and get them for rendering.

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01-24-2013 17:01:53

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 Re: Carcasses in reply to showcrop, 01-24-2013 16:37:15  
Bury - real problem when I lost a large llama. Couldn't find anyone local with a backhoe. Dug that hole the hardway! Big one, and deep too! If there's ever a crime around here, and they bring in ground penetrating radar, they're going to go crazy digging up stuff. There's burials all over here!

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01-24-2013 16:42:52

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 Re: Carcasses in reply to showcrop, 01-24-2013 16:37:15  
I compost,but being an approved method in Michigan,Right to Farm would protect us from any local restrictions.

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Larry NEIL

01-24-2013 18:27:36

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 Re: Carcasses in reply to rrlund, 01-24-2013 16:42:52  
In the mid 70's I rented 160 ac farm with a subdivision on the north side. The old owner had about 25-30 pigs He just let run loose. Told me one day to plant about 3 ac was an old cow lot.
Corn really came out good, but before I could plant I had to tow a 250 lb? sow out of my way. Threw my gloves and that hunk of rope away after that!
That same fall, I was riden with the feller that combined my corn and we were about 250' from the subdivision and the feller slams the brakes on the old gleaner. There was a fresh grave about 5' X 3' all heaped up. Gave us the willys! Called the cops and they dug up a black lab some idiot buried in my field!

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