Costs analysis of carcass burial site construction: Focused on the foot and mouth disease 2011, South Korea

  • Kim, Mi Hyung (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Hannam University) ;
  • Ko, Chang-Ryong (Department of Economics, Hannam University) ;
  • Kim, Geonha (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Hannam University)
  • Received : 2015.04.13
  • Accepted : 2015.09.15
  • Published : 2015.12.31


Many burial sites were constructed in a short time to prevent the rapid spread of foot and mouth disease in infected livestock carcasses in Korea. More than 4,700 carcass burial sites were constructed in 2011. Approximately seven million poultry and 3.5 million livestock, including cattle and swine, were buried on farmland. Some burial sites were suspected of leachate leakage and were excavated and carcasses redisposed in a bioaugmentation process. This study performed interviews in order to understand the economic issues related to carcass burial and redisposal. The internal data from local government and the assumption data from online sites were analyzed to evaluate the costs; the focus was on burial site construction. The results showed that the local government paid $4.7 and $10.9 per carcass for traditional burial and redisposal. The comparable costs shown online were $4.5. This study found that the standard operating procedures should be carried out to reduce environmental impact and avoid additional costs. We estimated that the cost could be reduced by the advance preparations of materials against the emergency situations such as catastrophe of epidemics. In addition, the innovative technology for the stabilization of carcasses should be established through a future study.


Grant : 매몰지 사후관리 평가기술 및 안전성 확보기술 개발


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