NEXT time you reach for the milk, a new advertising campaign wants you to spare a thought for all the newborn calves that died so you can drink it.
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Meet Bobby… the calf
WARNING: Some viewers may find these images disturbing. The story of Bobby the calf who is considered to be a ‘waste product’ of the Austra…Duration: 243.36
Dairy Australia estimates 700,000 calves are commercially slaughtered in Australia every year, and 70,000 are killed on the farm or sold for dairy beef rearing.
The figures are based on a national herd of 1.6 million dairy cows, each giving birth once every 13 months to keep the milk flowing. About 5 per cent of the calves die at or soon after birth.
Of the remainder, half are female and most of these (80 per cent) grow up to become dairy cows. But the males are of little use.