By Gary Sliworsky, Ag rep, Emo
Managing deadstock is an inevitable product of raising livestock. Disposing of deadstock takes time and money.
The key issues regarding deadstock include public health, perception, economics, and environmental protection. Deadstock disposal concerns go far beyond just deciding which method is most convenient.
Improper disposal of deadstock poses risks to environmental quality, animal health (in terms of contagious diseases and biosecurity concerns), and public health, which includes the farm family. As well, improper disposal of livestock and poultry mortalities is a sensitive public issue.
The Dead Animal Disposal Act (DADA) was created in the 1960s to prevent meat from dead livestock from entering the human food chain. The legislation includes only cattle, horses, swine, sheep, and goats, and has received only minor changes since that time.
Under this act, all dead cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, and horses must be disposed of within 48 hours after death, in one of three approved methods:
•removal through a licensed deadstock collection service (not available in our area);
•composting under 60 cm (two ft.) of organic substrate, such as sawdust or straw; or
•burial under 60 cm (two ft.) of soil and away from all waterways
A review of the DADA is underway. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the Ministry of the Environment propose to replace the Dead Animal Disposal Act with two new regulations.
The Nutrient Management Act will address the on-farm disposal of dead animals while the Food Safety and Quality Act will address the off-farm disposal of deadstock.
To review the actual proposed regulations, go to the Environmental Registry (EBR) website at www.ebr.gov.on.ca and enter the following registry number: 010-4842. Or search the current proposals on the Regulatory Registry website at www.ontariocanada.com/registry
A summary document also will be posted on the OMAFRA website.
Please ensure your comments are received prior to Dec. 5 in writing, and that they reference the EBR registry number (010-4842).
The contact information for submitting comments is Yves Tremblay, Policy Advisor, OMAFRA, 77 Grenville St., Floor 11, Toronto, Ont., M5S 1B3 or by fax at 1-416-326-9892.
You also can make an online submission on the EBR website.
We are interested in your input to help us finalize the regulations that minimizes burden while maintaining food safety and environmental protection.
Dates to remember
•Nov. 25-26—Large animal clinic dates for Dr. Dan Matyasovszky (call 1-807-475-3837 to book an appointment).