Bob Peer

Bob Peer

Workshop Instructor | Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Bob is the Agricultural Program Manager for the Valley Regional Office of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in Harrisonburg, Va. Bob has worked for DEQ for 20 years, and provides the technical guidance for the inspection program as well as complaint investigations of agricultural facilities in the Shenandoah Valley. Bob serves on the Va. Poultry Disease Task Force and Catastrophic Livestock Mortality Taskforce as a technical expert on carcass disposal. Bob has over 16 years of experience in emergency response in poultry disease outbreaks, primarily in carcass disposal. He served in carcass disposal during the 2002 Va. Avian Flu outbreak, 2007 West Virginia and Virginia Avian Flu outbreaks, and as a subject matter expert for composting carcasses in the Midwest High-Pathogenic Avian flu outbreak in 2015-2016 (Minnesota, Nebraska, and Indiana). Bob also served as a subject matter expert in the Hurricane Florence recovery efforts for flooded poultry houses in North Carolina in 2018.

Bob helped conduct a composting demonstration in 2004 that provided the guidance for utilizing in-house composting of market age turkeys in the 2007 outbreaks, and the Midwest outbreak in 2015-2016. He and Gary Flory, and others developed the protocol that was the basis for the current USDA carcass composting protocol. He has assisted in training several state emergency disease response teams in carcass disposal, as well as USDA-APHIS staff.

Workshop Time: Monday, January 24, 1:00 – 4:30

Workshop Title: Composting Mass Animal Mortalities

Workshop Description: Since the 2015 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) outbreak in the Midwestern United States, composting has become the primary animal carcass disposal method for mass poultry mortality events due to disease or natural disasters and has been used in every major avian influenza outbreak the US since then. This workshop will cover both technical and legal aspects of these challenging situations.