Asked in Dairy Products
What happens to calves born on dairy farms?
December 18, 2014 4:43PM
They are usually raised on the farm until they can produce dairy themselves.
Either that or they are sold at a cattle mart.
December 18, 2014 4:28PM
Most newborn dairy calves are removed from their mothers in a matter of hours or days. Female calves may be slaughtered soon after birth or kept alive to be used like their mothers. They spend the first 2 to 3 months of life hutches, and fed a diet of milk replacer while humans drink the milk their mothers produce for them. Male dairy calves are chained in tiny stalls where they cannot take a single step, and raised for veal. Because it is unprofitable to keep dairy cows alive once their milk production declines, they are usually killed at 5 to 6 years of age, although their normal life span exceeds 20 years. Their bodies become ground beef, restaurant hamburgers, and pet food.