My cow's not dead, but I've always wondered: what would I do with her if she suddenly (of not so suddenly) dropped dead one day?
Are there people that dispose of huge animals like that? If not, how an I supposed to move this 1000 lb animal, let alone bury it?
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I have friends who have butchered an old cow(beef) for hamburger when told she wasn't going to make it. I've fed a dead goat to the dog after an necropsy was done. I've also had a goat cremated as a pet. She was my first and my favorite. I've seen ads for hauling in farm papers. They specifically request that you call them ASAP. They don't advertise a price. I think it's a matter of personal choice what you want to do and it's wise to think about. Might not hurt to have a number of a hauler handy, just in case, if that's your preference. -Jenn
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In our area, we can call a rendering truck to come and pick up the carcass. My parents can also call one (NE South Dakota), but they have to pay a fee -- $50 or so -- so my dad usually deals with the carcass.
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Post by 2ndchance on Sept 19, 2007 16:19:00 GMT -5
Maybe check to see if there are any rendering plants in your area. I have had to bury two sheep but it took a back hoe to do it. I have friends with lots of sheep and they either compost them or take them very far out on their property lines for the coyotes. I think the dairy in our area puts their dead ones on a pile to compost. None of it sounds very attractive. We are fortunate in our area to have a guy that has a wild animal sanctuary and he will take anything except sheep because apparently they start to decompose so fast because of the heat from their wool. He has lions and tigers and bears, etc. to feed. He's the first one that gets the road kill in our area. Janet
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We take the animal "out the back" on our place where we usually have a burn pile and depending on the time of year the carcass is burned or the coyotes get a share of it first... We had a big fire go through our place a few years ago (another one was within one and a half miles this year) so are still in the process of piling up the dead trees which makes for handy burn piles. It is also how we dispose of the many bones from our butchering too
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We have several cows and horses buried all around our place.
Last year we lost our much loved quarter horse stallion, Jess and he is now buried in our FRONT YARD under the trees and will have a head stone marking his resting place as soon as I can get one ordered.
For the cows and other horses we have a "family animal graveyard" out behind the barn at the edge of the woods where we usually bury them - a neighbor has a backhoe that we hire (when he has it a home and not on a jobsite).
WE have used our tractor with a front end loader or our sons bobcat to dig the hole and then cover it but if the ground is really hard sometimes these are not the most efficient at digging the hole deep enough.
We have also burned carcasses but our dogs usually get into it before it all burns and I don't care for that.
As a side note - we live on a dirt road with only a few people living on each end and a creek running through our and the neighbors property in the middle where there aren't any houses. Last year someone dumped 2 dead calves in the creek about a month apart! NASTY! How can people be so DUMB or so apparantly UNCONCERNED about ruining the water downstream for everybody else and their animals! I wish I knew WHO did it - I am sure there is a law about just dumping dead animals out - MUCH less in a creek!
Oh well, I will get off my soapbox now! Angie (Bamagirl)
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