Deceased livestock throughout the county now will be removed by Hardin County Animal Removal.

Hardin Fiscal Court voted Tuesday to award the contract to the company.

Deputy Judge-Executive Daniel London said in a news release the county’s previous provider, Bluegrass Recycling Service Inc., increased their service cost 140 percent. Hardin County Animal Removal was the only bidder when they re-advertised, presenting a better solution.

Hardin County Animal Removal began servicing livestock producers Thursday.

There are more than 1,600 deceased livestock removed from Hardin County each year, the release said, noting removal of these carcasses is important to preserve safe drinking water, decrease the spread of disease and promote an overall healthy environment.

Hardin Fiscal Court appropriated $50,000 toward the cost of removing deceased livestock from farms in Hardin County. London on Thursday said the $50,000 allocation has been consistent for the last few years.

“The county has not been able to increase the appropriated amount due to other increasing liabilities such as the pension. The cost of the service has increased and the number of dead animal removal companies in Kentucky have decreased, which has increased costs for the producers,” he said.

Hardin County Government will cover half of the cost of removal through Hardin County Animal Removal until the money is depleted.

“Once the $50,000 is depleted, livestock producers will be responsible for the entire bill,” London said. “For example, if a producer has a cow to expire, Hardin County Animal Removal will remove it for $160. While there are funds available, Hardin County will pay Hardin County Animal Removal $80. Once the funds are depleted, the producer will be liable for the entire $160.”

Hardin County Animal Removal owner Kevin Estes said they are excited to provide this new service.

“We will work tirelessly to ensure this is a smooth transition for our livestock producers,” he said in the release.

Livestock producers should call 270-734-1336 to have their deceased livestock removed from their farm or go to https://bit.ly/2xLgL9n for more information on how to properly dispose of deceased livestock.

Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1741 or malford@thenewsenterprise.com.

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