Animal waste and carcass management

Dead animals and waste are a high risk source for some diseases. The life cycle of many pests involves them being shed in urine or faeces and the contaminated pasture being re-ingested. Some animals are super-shedders whose waste is highly infectious.

Recommended practices

  • Manage animal waste to reduce the potential for swift disease spread through the herd by the ingestion of pastures contaminated with infected waste e.g. provide multiple feeding or watering facilities to discourage the whole mob congregating and defecating together.
  • Don’t bring young stock (which are more vulnerable to disease) onto paddocks vacated by older animals (which are more disease resistant and will probably include disease carriers) without a reasonable stand-down period, such as 7 days between grazings by different stock classes.
  • Check regularly for dead stock and remove immediately.
  • Locate carcasses and waste disposal areas away from paddocks, yards and sheds. Secure and contain these areas to prevent access by livestock, feral and domestic animals and wildlife.
  • Don’t put your water supply and that of your neighbours at risk from airborne or leaching related contamination – bear this in mind when constructing and locating your disposal areas.
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