Have you had an animal death in the past 24 hours? Act fast.
What to do:
Within 24 hours of an animal death, call a licensed hauler. Make sure you provide the following information:
- directions to your farm,
- method of payment (cash or check),
- type of animal to be picked up (some have restrictions),
- approximate time of death,
- location of the animal on the farm,
- and a phone number where you can be reached.
Effective July 1, 2010, removal fees start at $75.
*A Cause of Animal Death Statement may be required for the removal of more than three animals at one time. This is necessary to prevent the spread of disease and protect animal health. If you have more than three animals to be removed at one time, please contact your veterinarian before calling your hauler. In case of obvious non-disease causes of animal death (drowning, lightning strikes, etc.), the veterinarian may be able to furnish a verbal report to speed up the process of removal.
Is there a reimbursement program?
Yes! BCCDKY will offer cost share assistance to Boone County farmers for the haul bill for removal and proper disposal of their fallen livestock. The intent of this program is to promote the proper disposal of the fallen animal(s), not to compensate the owner for the loss of the animal(s).
If landowners use a hauler other than Harmon's Dead Animal Pick-Up for removal services, please be sure to submit the original receipt, dated, with itemized fees and name and signature of licensed hauler within 10 days of service. If approved, the landowners will receive a check for 75% of the haul bill, up to $100. The max is three animals. If using Harmon's Dead Animal Pick-Up, you will not need further cost share assistance.
If landowners haul an animal to the University of Kentucky's Animal Diagnostic Laboratory, they will be reimbursed for transportation costs only with proof of diagnostic services. If approved, the landowners will receive a check for 75% of the transportation costs based on mileage, up to $100.
Charges in excess of the haul bill, such as for burial, cremation, or diagnostic fees, are not available for cost share assistance through this program. Reimbursement rates, as well as hauling fees, are subject to change. Prices for disposal are subject to change, which would affect the rate of reimbursement.
*BCCDKY and/or licensed haulers reserve the right to terminate the program if at any time local, state, or federal regulations are enacted that would prohibit the hauler from dispensing with the animal in the accustomed manner or would adversely affect the day-to-day operations of the hauler. The program will continue until all funds from the Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share program are expended.
Need a licensed hauler?
Harmon's Dead Animal Pick-Up
They will collect 25% of the removal fee from the landowner at the time of pick-up. The remainder will be paid for by BCCDKY.
John Shipley & Son Farm, LLC
The landowner will pay the hauler directly. The owner may then request cost share assistance from BCCDKY.