Lincoln Journal Star interviews Hutchinson about dealing with pig carcasses

The Lincoln Journal Star interviewed Mark Hutchinson, educator and professor with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, for the article “Producers eye carcass disposal options.” Farmers are exploring different ways to dispose of the carcasses of pigs they could not send to meat processing plants due to loss in capacity spurred by the coronavirus outbreak, according to the report. Hutchinson said moisture is the largest concern when disposing carcasses. “You want larger particles so the air can move through easily,” he said. Hutchinson said farmers should shape their composting piles like trapezoids with steep sides, and monitor them because the tops may collapse over time.