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Swine Animal Science Extension

Emergency Depopulation of Livestock Facilities
During COVID-19

Animals continue to grow and move through livestock production systems despite packing plant closures during the COVID-19 pandemic. These recommendations pertain to livestock farmers who may be forced to euthanize livestock to avoid exposing their animals and workers to unsafe conditions.

  1. Humane animal handling and euthanasia practices should always be a priority. Contact your herd veterinarian for guidance on accepted euthanasia methods.
  2. Options for carcass disposal in Nebraska: rendering, composting, traditional burial, above-ground burial (temporary order allowing this method) incineration, and landfilling. Contact your Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy (NDEE) Field Inspector if you plan to dispose of animals on-farm.
  3. Financial and technical assistance for COVID-19 related carcass disposal is available through the USDA Emergency Animal Mortality Management Initiative. Contact the USDA Service Center in your county. Completion of NRCS Form 1200 and an approved early start waiver are required before euthanizing any animals for potential USDA financial assistance.
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Dr. Benny Mote
UNL Swine Extension Specialist
Ph: (402) 310-9878

Dr. Amy Schmidt
UNL Extension Engineering Specialist
Ph: (402) 326-2077

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Conor Ward
EQIP Program Manager

O: (402) 437-4112
M: (402) 560-2757

Additional Resources


Swine COVID-19 Response Materials


Welcome to University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Animal Science Swine Extension

The Swine extension program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln focuses on producer education. Online resources including the recent Nebraska Model Conference and computer templates to assist in production management can be found here along with extension publications. This page is designed to give producers easy access to information on nutrition, breeding, management, and other production aspects, as well as upcoming events and activities.

Swine Nutrition Guide Swine Extension Publications KSU Swine Nutrition Guide

The Swine Extension Faculty

Photo Benny Mote
Benny Mote
-Swine Extension Specialist
Photo Amy Schmidt Amy Schmidt -Swine Environmental Issues
Photo Thomas Burkey
Tom Burkey
-Non-ruminant Nutrition
Photo Phillip Miller
Phillip S. Miller
--Swine Nutrition
Photo Rick Stowell
Rick Stowell
- Swine Environmental Engineering
Daniel Ciobanu
Daniel Ciobanu
- Molecular Genetics