Nelson County Solid Waste offers free dead livestock removal county-wide. Proper disposal of dead livestock is important to both human health and the health of the herd. Kentucky law regulates the proper disposal methods for dead farm animals through KRS 257.160. Disposing of dead animals properly can also help control predator problems. Leaving livestock carcasses in pastures or open pits not only encourages predators to associate livestock with food, but also causes predators to congregate near farms.
Water quality concerns can also be addressed by using approved disposal methods. The Kentucky Agriculture Water Quality Act requires that all landowners with 10 or more acres must have developed and implemented a plan to prevent water pollution from their agriculture operations.