Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Livestock Mortality Composting Certification Training

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The Darke County OSU Extension and the Darke County SWCD offices will be hosting a Livestock Mortality Composting Certification Training Session. The session will be held on Thursday, February 21st from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Darke County Extension Office. The office address is 603 Wagner Avenue in Greenville.

This training session will certify an operator to compost all approved livestock species and is available to all Ohio livestock producers. Composting is a natural process where bacteria and fungi decompose organic material in a predominantly aerobic environment. During the composting process, microorganisms break down organic materials into a stable mixture called compost. The compost resembles humus, and is spread on farming fields.

Composting, rendering, incineration and burial are the four most common ways to dispose of livestock mortality. To legally compost dead livestock in Ohio producers must attend a certification program.

For producers who utilize composting, sawdust is the most commonly used carbon source for composting livestock mortality in Ohio. Surveys indicate farmers utilizing composting find it a cost effective and convenient method to dispose of livestock mortality.

All who are interested in attending are asked to pre-register at least 2 days prior to the session they wish to attend. The fee is $20.00 per person and is payable at the door. To register, please contact the Darke County OSU Extension office at 937-548-5215 or Sam Custer at custer.2@osu.edu.

For more detailed information, visit the Darke County OSU Extension web site at www.darke.osu.edu, the OSU Extension Darke County Facebook page or contact Sam Custer, at 937.548.5215.

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