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Cost Share Programs - Agricultural Cost Share Program (ACSP)


Livestock Mortality Management System


A livestock mortality management system is a facility for managing livestock mortalities such as to minimize water quality impacts or to produce a material that can be recycled as a soil amendment and fertilizer substitute.  Cost shareable mortality management system components include: composter, rotary drum composter, forced aeration static pile composter, mortality freezer/refrigeration unit and mortality incinerator system.

A composter means a facility for the biological treatment, stabilization and environmentally safe storage or organic waste material (such as manure from poultry and livestock and dead animal carcasses) to produce a material that can be recycled as a soil amendment and fertilizer substitute.

A freezer/refrigeration unit means a unit capable of freezing and storing poultry and other small animal carcasses until such time they can be moved offsite for rendering.

An incinerator means a piece of equipment used to cremate dead poultry, swine, or other small animals.


Maintenance Period 10 years except for incinerators which are 5 years
BMP Units Each
Required Effects
  • Acres affected
  • Animal type
  • Animal units
  • N and P waste managed
JAA/NRCS Standards
  • ENG - 316 - Animal Mortality Facility
  • NC GS 106-403 “Disposition of dead domesticated animals”. Administrative code 02 NCAC 52C .0102 “Disposal of Dead Animals”.
Cost Information
  • Average cost (75% or 90%)
CS2 Reference Materials
  • NC-ACSP 11 Signature Page
  • Map with BMP location, fields and roads
  • NC-ACSP-WMP Form
  • NC-ACSP-OMP Form
Additional Spot-check Requirements All waste management systems for operations not permitted by the Division of Water Resources must be spot-checked annually for five years following implementation.

ACSP Policy Summary


Design Standards

NCDA&CS Division of Soil & Water Conservation, Vernon Cox, Director
Mailing Address: 1614 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1614
Physical Address: 216 West Jones Street, Raleigh North Carolina 27603
Phone: 919.707.3770

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