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Published on Nov 30, 2006
Delft Blue Farms in Canada have been raising calves in group housing settings since 1981. This video shows the process of calves being assembled from local farms in a receiving barn where the animals are weighed, checked, vaccinated. They are then divided into groups of similar weights to be distributed to company or contracted farms to be raised as milk fed veal.
In this particular video, the calves are being shown delivered to a company farm, where they are housed on flexible plastic slats made from recycled plastic.
The calves have 24 hour access to an "automated cow" where they drink milk through nipples. Most calves would find these nipples themselves eventually, but a technician makes sure that all the calves are made aware of the source of the milk.
The calves intake is controlled and monitored by a special ear tag that monitors the calf's intake each time they feed for the automatic milk machine.