On-Farm Mortalities

While farmers never want to lose animals, dealing with on-farm mortalities is a sensitive part of their job. Recently, the management of mortalities has become a priority issue for Ontario’s livestock industry.

In Ontario, the options for disposing of deadstock are dictated by a regulatory framework that aims to minimize risks to food safety, animal, environmental and human health. The current regulations are managed and enforced by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the Ministry of Environment, and Conservation and Parks (MECP). OMAFRA is responsible for education and outreach, responding to Food Safety and Quality Act (FSQA) complaints and inspections and licencing facilities under the FSQA.

To assist livestock farmers, we have compiled a number of resources on the topic.