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What happens to calves born on dairy farms?

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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.

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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.