A livestock mortality composting workshop will be Wednesday, July 28 at the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris. The workshop begins at noon with lunch and registration, and ends at 4 p.m.

Participants will tour the research center’s swine mortality compost facility. Sponsors of the event at the Minnesota Pork Board, University of Minnesota and National Pork Board.

There is no cost to attend the workshop but pre-registration is strongly encouraged. To pre-register, please call the Minnesota Pork Board at 1-800-537-7675 or e-mail porkmn@hickorytech.net. When e-mailing your pre-registration, you must include name of attendees, telephone number, address and site where you plan to attend. Pre-registration deadline for the workshop is Monday, July 26.

The agenda and topics for the workshops are:

Noon: Registration and lunch.

12:30 p.m.: Minnesota Board of Animal Health presentation on disposal options, disposal costs, and how various disposal options kill pathogens.

1 p.m.: Description of mortality composting systems, composting science and producer testimonials.

2 p.m.: System design, sizing, construction, and economics.

3 p.m.: Site management, temperatures, moisture control, record keeping, composted product disposal and site tour.

4 p.m.: Adjourn.

Minnesota Pork Board