News & Resources, Animal Welfare, Dairy Animals
Keywords: animal welfare; dairy calf; bobby calf
This research identifies reasons for mortality and morbidity in dairy calves for slaughter (bobby calves), and potential new welfare indicators. Results are based on observations of calves, information from questionnaires given to farmers, transport operators and slaughter plant personnel. The research links calf mortality to on-farm management practices, transport, time in calving season, and slaughter schedule. The results will be used for initiatives to further improve calf welfare.