Animal welfare is at the heart of any good farming business. Our responsibility for the wellbeing of stock starts at birth and continues, not only while they are in our care, but also beyond the farm gate.
Insisting on the highest standards of animal husbandry and welfare on our farms is good for our animals, our people, our farms and our sector.
Caring for bobby calves
- Feed colostrum to all calves
- Give calves access to good quality water
- Protect calves from the wind, rain, cold and heat
- Always handle calves gently and with care
- Only select fit and healthy calves for transport
- Talk to your transporter so that calves travel the shortest distance possible
- The pen used to hold calves before transport should provide shade and shelter from the weather and be large enough so that calves can comfortably stand and lie down
- Where possible, help the truck driver to load your animals. It makes the job easier and you can be sure that your calves are loaded with care.
Transporting calves video
Watch the video below to learn how to check if a calf is fit for transport.
Download this video here.
- Be at least four days old
- Be healthy, with no visible disease (e.g. scours), deformity, injury, blindness or disability
- Have bright eyes and upright ears
- Be strong, able to rise from a lying position unassisted, move freely around the pen and bear weight on all four limbs
- Have firm hooves on which the soles show wear (indicating that they have been mobile)
- Have a dry and withered navel
- Download the Fit for transport poster.