Webinar to discuss options for carcass disposal for pork producers

Decrease in pork markets due to COVID-19 leading to many questions among producers

Over the last couple weeks, several pork processing plants have either been shut down or have reduced processing due to the COVID-19 outbreak. While the processing plants are focusing on getting themselves running again, pork producers are faced with near-term critical problems needing attention now.

In the current situation, pork slaughter capacity has become a limiting resource, and pork producers may be faced with an unfortunate situation of having to destroy what they have cared for and raised.

A webinar for the pork industry has been scheduled to understand potential options for emergency disposal of animal tissue for April 29 at 8 a.m. Six topics will be discussed:

  • Environmentally sound disposal options;
  • How compost works;
  • Above-ground burial;
  • Carbon feedstocks (types and amounts);
  • Windrow construction (space requirements, design and layout); and
  • Windrow management and troubleshooting.

Presenting during the webinar will be Mark Hutchinson, extension educator with the University of Maine; Gary Flory, agricultural program manager with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality; and Craig Williams, dairy team educator with Penn State Extension. There will also be opportunities to ask questions of presenters.

Interested participants must pre-register. Viewing details will be sent to the registered participants prior to the webinar.

The webinar is being sponsored by the Iowa Pork Producers Association.