The Economical Feasibility of Large Animal Composting

Joe L. Parcell, Joe Horner, Ryan Millhollin, Jason Franken


This study examines the economic feasibility of 4 alternative large animal mortality composting systems that a producer-owned entity could potentially operate. The 4 systems evaluated are a vertical mechanical composter (Dutch Composter), a horizontal mechanical composter (BIOvatorTM), an open static pile yard and a roofed or covered static pile yard. This study includes a 5-year pro forma financial analysis and suggests recommendations regarding the most economically viable and environmentally appropriate alternatives. Based on the financial analysis and the current regulatory environment, the recommended compost system for a regional animal mortality facility is static piles under roof. However, alternative technologies may be feasible in other scenarios.

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