Minnesota boasts a vast livestock population. Unfortunately, where there is livestock there will also be unexpected death loss. Proper disposal of domestic animal carcasses is an important part of preventing the potential spread of disease and protecting air and water quality. Unless slaughtered for human consumption, animals that die need to be disposed of within 72 hours.
Backed by authority in Minnesota Statutes, our carcass disposal experts can help you figure out the best solution for each situation.
Legal methods of disposal
The following are all legal methods of disposal for poultry, swine, cattle, horses, sheep, goats and farmed cervids:
Household pets and wild animals are exempt by law. Consult city ordinance for household pets. Contact local animal control for wild animals. Contact the road authority for road kill (651-296-3000).
Contacts for additional information:
- University of Minnesota Extension: 612-624-1222
- Minnesota Pollution Control Agency: 651-296-6300
- Minnesota Department of Natural Resources: 651-296-6157