Deadstock Disposal

The disposal of deadstock is a part of the Ag Industry with many advancements in recent years. Some of the traditional methods are still in practice today, but a few countries have put restrictions on how livestock facilities are able to dispose of their fallen stock. More and more facilities are looking at ways to reduce their carbon footprint and ensure their operations follow environmentally friendly practices. 

The most common disposal methods used today are burial, incineration, bunkers, on farm pick-up and composting. 


Choosing to bury your fallen stock may seem like the easiest route to take, but ground water contamination can become a large problem if proper protocols are not followed. Additionally, burial may not be an option during winter months in climates that experience freezing temperatures.

The potential for pollution of groundwater is highest with poultry disposal pits. High concentrations of ammonia and total dissolved solids have been measured in groundwater near these burial sites. 


Incineration can carry high operating costs, especially when disposing of larger animals. The incinerator must also be licensed and operated in accordance with all local regulations. In some cases, the operating location must also carry an air emissions permit.


Using a bunker or above ground burial subjects your property to scavengers and disease spread. This method is also very labour intensive and can become a messy operation.

On-Farm Pick-Up:

Relying on third party vendors for your on-farm pick-up leaves you at the mercy of the company’s schedules, which can cause delays in operations. You also need to ensure the route to and from the pick-up area is far away from other animals, their food and water supply as well as grazing areas to make sure there is no contamination. 


Composting allows for quick and easy disposal of deadstock. Air contamination is avoided as most pathogens are eliminated during the composting process. On-site composters function in any season, are cost effective with no additional permits required, and have been proven as an environmentally friendly solution for the disposal of deadstock. Composting is not only better for the environment, but it is also better for your operation. 

The Novi-Comp in-vessel composter was designed to solve the problems livestock farmers face when it comes to safe and economical disposal of deadstock. The Novi-Comp offers the best value on the market today. Its design is based on years of trials and research.  We’ve come up with the optimal sizing, insulation and speed of rotation to ensure your facility can focus on your livestock operations.

If you’re ready to switch to in-vessel composting, our sales team would be happy to provide you with more information on the Novi-Comp and all of the benefits it has offer your operation.