|Fluids leak down. Aroma diffuses upward.|
The rumor that I buried a dead aunt under my grapevine was correct. The vine needed fertilizing, my aunt had to be buried, and I dedicated her to this high purpose. Does that unfit me for the Presidency? ...No other citizen was ever considered unworthy of this office because he enriched his grapevines with his dead relatives. Why should I be selected as the first victim of an absurd prejudice? -Mark TwainSadly, anybody who raises livestock or engages in political life must at some point dispose of bodies.
The current "best practice" is to compost them. It requires less energy than burying, requires almost no heavy equipment and generates less paperwork than sending them to the knacker.
A few key points in composting bodies:
- Bodies are protein. That needs to be balanced with low nitrogen (low protein) carbs like sawdust, straw or corn cobs
- The high-carb materials must be bulky and not pack down. The composting process shuts down if it goes anaerobic (that is, deprived of air/oxygen)
- Many composters find that a mix of wood-chips to ensure good air penetration and finer material like shredded paper/straw or sawdust to absorb fluids works best.
- Fluids leak down. Don't skimp on carbs beneath the body(s)
- Aroma diffuses upward
- Forensics teams rarely look beneath the 1400 pound Holstein to determine if there are any other bodies being composted.
- Large animals take longer to decompose than smaller animals. A 500 pound calf, if well managed, is reduced to a skeleton in about four months.
- After composting, the compost is excellent fertilizer for grapevines and lilacs.