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The Last Pasture

Composting Site for Large Animals

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About The Last Pasture

We understand that losing a pet is like losing a member of the family. The options for the disposal of animal remains are becoming limited.  The Last Pasture, established by Dr. Carrie Caccamise, DVM, and her husband, Jack, provides a most respectful, cost-effective solution for the disposal of large animal remains.

 

Composting is a green method for caring for the remains of large animals.  It is an earth-friendly alternative to burying, incinerating or rendering.

Composting slowly releases the nutrients that once gave your animal life and vitality and returns them to the earth.  There, those nutrients then promote and sustain new growth in the circle of life.

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What You Need to Know

Composting Fees

The cost for the composting depends on the weight of the animal.  The fee for larger animals such as horses or cows that weigh between 800 and 1,800 pounds is $500.  We can also compost smaller animals, such as goats or alpacas for a lower fee.

Pick Up Services

We are able to come to you to pick up your animal.  We are located between Rochester and Buffalo, New York and we pick up from Jamestown, PA to Watertown, NY.  Pickups outside this range are available but will be subject to an additional fee.

 

Delivery to Our Location

If you desire, you may bring the remains directly to our location.  We accept reservations for on-site drop-offs daily between 8am and 8pm.  Due to the time sensitive nature of handling animal remains, we are unable to accept unscheduled drop-offs.

How to Contact Us

You may call us at 585-409-7002.  If we don't answer, please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can.  You may also email us thelastpasture@gmail.com

 

Please note that email or messaging us via this site may result in a delay in our response.  For fastest service, please call us directly.

Where to Find Us

​3228 Dodgeson Road, Alexander NY 14005

Phone:  585.409.7002

Email:  TheLastPasture@gmail.com

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Isn't composting for kitchen waste?

Any organic material can be composted.  This biological process applies to all organic material, be it carrots, egg shells,  or horses.  The end product is useful to enrich the soil of nearby pasture land.

Can you describe the composting process?

We place the remains on a bed of porous organic bulking  material.  We then deposit the remains, and cover it with sufficient volume of agents to initiate processing. The remains will start to warm as the biological decay begins.  Temperatures will range from 130 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit in the pile.  We work to maintain optimal ratios of moisture, carbon and nitrogen to ensure rapid, clean processing.

This is a time-proven process and we are in compliance with all applicable DEC, Town of Alexander and Genesee County regulations.

How long does the decomposition process take?

The composting process will vary by the size of the animal and ambient temperature.  Typical timelines range from 4 to 6 months for a complete degradation of the remains.

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Hours of Operation

Call or email us anytime.  If we don't answer, leave a message and we'll return your call as quickly as possible.

Drop-offs are accepted by reservation only between 8am and 8pm daily.

Our pick-up schedule is flexible depending on your schedule and need.