The biosecurity of mass poultry mortality composting

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  • Published: 8 Jan 2014

  • Author(s): Wilkinson, Kevin , Davey, Michelle, Engleitner, Siegfried , Warner, Simone , Motha , Julian , Hawes, Mark

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This research improves the readiness of industry and government agencies to respond quickly to contain and eradicate emergency animal diseases in the Australian poultry industry. The project investigated the feasibility of using composting for emergency poultry carcass disposal in Australia and validated the effectiveness of the process in eliminating Newcastle disease virus in poultry carcasses.

The project findings will assist the development of more robust emergency disease response procedures since the research that was undertaken simulated the scale and ‘real-world’ character of emergency mass mortality composting without compromising scientific integrity.