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Proper Disposal of Routine and Catastrophic Livestock and Poultry Mortality
Proper management of on-farm animal mortalities is vital to every farming operation. Improper disposal of dead animal carcasses can negatively impact surface water and groundwater from carcass leachate. If the animal died of an infectious disease, pathogenic bacteria and viruses may be present within the carcass. These pathogens can be spread by insects, rodents, predators, and subsurface or above ground water movement, as well as through direct contact with other livestock or poultry leading to increased disease transmission risks. In addition, Oklahoma has rules regulating the disposal of livestock and poultry mortalities. Concerns associated with improper disposal can be avoided by practicing state approved carcass disposal methods. [Read more on the Animal Husbandry page...]

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BAE-1533 Drought and Its Impact on Agricultural Water Resources in Oklahoma (May 2017)

HLA-6616 Salinity Management in Home Lawns (12/2017)

BAE-1538 Measuring Depth to Groundwater in Irrigation Wells (11/2017)

ANSI-3299 Estimating Water Requirements for Beef Cows (7/2017)

BAE-1537 Understanding Soil Water Content and Thresholds for Irrigation Management (6/2017)

AGEC-1017 Water Rate Structure (conservation)

BAE-1501 Water Measurement Units and Conversion Factors

HLA-6420 Lawn Management in Oklahoma

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HLA-6034 Use of Plastic Mulch and Row Covers in Vegetable Production

NREM-2883 Pond Management for Livestock, Fish, and Wildlife

NREM-2884 How Eastern Redcedar Encroachment Affects the Water Cycle

NREM-9208 Understanding Streams

AGEC-856 Groundwater: A Resource for the Future

PSS-2917 Phosphorus and Water Quality

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