16 hours ago
I posted this picture back in August, but I’m posting it again for the purpose of #februdairy . Did you know that dairy cows are often terrible mothers? They don’t have the maternal instinct like a beef cow does. I witnessed this wee boy being born. The mother pushed him out, briefly sniffed him than walked off- following another calf. She never returned. I had to clean and dry this boy, and give him fresh colostrum. If I hadn’t done that he would have died. This occurs so often. Dairy cows value their stomachs over anything. 90% of cows would choose food over their newborn calves. Obviously some mothers do truely care about their calves, but most don’t. Before you make assumptions, or read information from a vegan, why don’t you ask a dairy farmer what really happens. I’m always told every single cow and calf screams for each other for weeks. That is not the case. Once we take the calves away, we give the mothers fresh grass, silage and water. ALL the calves (even the boys) go into a warm shed, where they have access to water, hay and get fed milk twice a day. Yes, some of the calves go to slaughter but that’s a different topic. The cows love the routine of being milked so get excited to be back in the shed, in their routine. Any dairy farmer will agree with what I’m saying.