Animal Burial Services

Animal Burial Services
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I'm contemplating ways of diversifying my ranch operation to remain viable and would like to find out more about providing animal burial services on my ranch land. Where can I find more info about Oregon laws related to this type of business activity? I am considering both large and small animal burial.

- Harney County, Oregon

Oregon law allows burial of a landowner's own animal mortalities with certain specifications such as distance to surface water, depth of cover, etc. If you will be taking mortalities from other animal owners, it will become a solid waste disposal system which is regulated by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

Contact your local Natural Resource Specialist at the DEQ for more information.

Mike Gamroth
Professor emeritus
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