Kansas City, MO: National Workshop on Carcass Management Logistics
The National Workshop on Livestock Carcass Management Logistics convened March 18 & 19, 2015, at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency in Kansas City, Missouri.
The workshop aimed to share carcass management options for catastrophic livestock mortality, identify landfill and rendering capacities, and discuss transport considerations, including addressing perceived disease transmission risks.
- Present carcass management logistical challenges.
- Review transportation issues including permitting, regulatory restrictions, public perceptions, and risks.
- Showcase regional carcass management planning tools.
- Identify path forward addressing gaps and recommendations.
The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in collaboration with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), funded West Texas A&M University and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to conduct research on the logistical challenges of carcass management in the vent of a mass depopulation and consequent disposal of animal carcasses. Over 70 professionals representing federal, state, and local agencies, academia, and industry met to discuss these logistical challenges. Representatives from the West Texas A&M University, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the University of Minnesota presented their research findings on this subject.