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Johnson County

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Johnson County
11811 S. Sunset Drive
Suite 1500
Olathe, KS 66061

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday,
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

(913) 715-7000
(913) 715-7005 fax

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Livestock Mortality Composting


Natural rendering can be a practical and economical alternative for disposing whole animal carcasses. In partnership with the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Solid Waste Program, we have some resources for livestock owners needing options in the event of livestock mortality. 

Livestock mortality composting should be done with input from a certified professional. In Johnson County, Craig Wood has been trained to guide residents through the process. 

In addition to a certified composting facilitator, avoiding sensitive environment areas, maintaining a buffer to protect water sources, access to materials, and following set backs and buffer parameters are essential to livestock mortality composting. 

For more information on the process, please contact Craig Wood, Craig.Wood@jocogov.org, Solid Waste Management Coordinator. 



Cornell Waste Management Institute

Missouri Department of Natural Resources Animal Emergency Procedures 

Missouri Extension Animal Mortality Management Options

USDA Composting Livestock

Contact Us

Juju Wellemeyer 
Natural Resources and Mid/Small Scale Agriculture Agent  juju.Wellemeyer@jocogov.org