The state Poultry and Livestock Commission is now allowing farmers to turn dead cattle, horses and other large animals into composte. Because rendering plants and slaughterhouses refuse to take cattle too injured or sick to walk, farmers have had difficulty disposing of their dead animals. Dead livestock once had to be rendered, burned or buried. Now, farmers have another way to dispose of carcasses more than 60 pounds. Many cattle and horses weigh more than two-thousand pounds, so composting used to require farmers to chop the animals up into many pieces. Composting is recommended because decomposition happens faster that way. Officials say a 13-hundred pound Holstein would almost completely disappear from a composte heap in 30 days.