Calving and lambing are getting underway on ranches here in the Rockies. With the wintry weather & long hours, it can be a trying time. Removing the inevitable carcasses can help by cutting down on disease and eliminating an attractant for wolves & bears.
Livestock Carcass Management
BONEYARD. Dead pile. Carcass dump.
Whatever you call it, it's an unsavory reality of ranch life.
Livestock die from a multitude of natural causes, and when they do, they are major attractants for large carnivores. Removing these attractants is important to prevent future conflicts with other living livestock and personnel.
The solution to is to bury the carcasses in a composting pile that is secure from intruders such as Grizzly Bears who are expert scavengers.
The dead livestock are collected and buried deep beneath layers of bark, dirt and other natural materials, and then surrounded with a sturdy wall (usually built of concrete). An electric fence is added to the perimeter to deter scavengers from entering.
The result is a safe place for livestock owners to compost their dead animals and decreased chances of conflicts with carnivores. This ultimately keeps the bears and wolves in the wild and out of trouble.
One of our Carcass Compost sites.