Why aren’t dairy calves kept with their mothers?
Calves represent the future of the farm so dairy farmers work extremely hard to keep them healthy, which is why newborn calves are moved to clean individual pens like hutches within 24 hours of birth. Newborns have vulnerable immune systems, so it is important to protect them from germs in the environment or diseases that can be passed on from adult cows.
How are dairy calves raised?
The way calves are cared for from the time they are born is very important. Calves are separated from their mothers to ensure the best individual care and monitoring of both animals, especially in the first 24 hours. Farmers bottle-feed calves individually to make sure they receive good nutrition. For the first three months, most calves live in clean, dry individual pens, or hutches, that have ample space for the calf to freely move.
Why are some calves kept in hutches or individual pens?
Calves are often kept in hutches, or individual pens, shortly after birth to protect them from germs or diseases that can be passed on from adult cows. It also allows for individual care and attention.