The International Symposium on Managing Animal Mortality, Products, Byproducts, and Associated Health Risk is planned for May 21-24 in Dearborn, Mich.

Catastrophic losses of poultry and livestock caused by disease, fire or weather-related stresses, and routine losses associated with large-scale production operations have become significant environmental, biosecurity and waste-management concerns around the globe. 

The symposium will feature four days of plenary and poster sessions to share information on carcass disposal technology, planning and policy. The symposium will include hands-on workshops and demonstrations of available carcass disposal options.

Symposium topics will include:

  • Carcass management in response to routine mortalities, accidental deaths, natural disasters and disease outbreaks.
  • Food of animal-origin containment, disposal and decontamination.
  • Research and public policy associated with  carcass disposal.
  • International, federal and state agency response and training experience.
  • Carcass treatment (management) options.
  • New and emerging technologies for animal euthanasia, carcass treatment as well as facility and equipment disinfection.
  • One Health Initiative.
  • Global considerations.
  • Final product use and disposition.

Join veterinarians, animal industry and government professionals, emergency managers, rendering professionals, producers and others attending the symposium.

Take advantage of one of the four optional tours to see how border management, on-farm composting and rendering are being handled in new and innovative ways. Tours have an additional fee of $30. For those who are unable to attend the full conference, daily registration options are available.

The conference will feature poster sessions, keynote speakers, demonstrations of new technology and hands-on training activities. Sessions and speakers will include the following topics: disposal environmental effects, mechanical disposal technologies, decontamination, animal mortality composting, depopulation, foods of animal origin, emergency response and policy, and lessons learned.

Michigan State University will host the symposium. Registration cost for the full event is $300. For more information, or to register, log on to