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What happens to male cattle on dairy farms?

by cattlefarmer on July 10, 2009

thewraithlordkourn asked:


If there is strictly a dairy farm and natural reproduction is the means to create more dairy cows, what happens to the male calves at the farm?

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Chanhassen July 13, 2009 at 9:45 am

hamburgers. yum!

Bill July 16, 2009 at 4:23 am

They either become the main ingredient in veal parmigiana or left to grow to replace the aging stud bulls. They usually have a half dozen or so bulls for mating, the rest are sold off for veal or beef.

ladyren July 17, 2009 at 2:02 am

Dairy farms are to produce milk, which is then turned into cheeses, milk, butter and other dairy products.

To do this, the cows must remain pregnant. In the case of dairy cattle, the bulls are really nasty, (Guernsey, Holsteins, etc. The Hereford breed is rather nice to deal with. A beef breed. However, the Angus — black in color — are again, really nasty…) Dairy bulls, again are difficult to deal with so most dairy farmers don’t have one. What they do is call a guy who has frozen sperm, collected from the top bulls on the continent…. and after the last calf is born, on the heat cycle (approx 9 days after the birth of the last calf ) she is again ovulating, and again fertile, and is re-impregnated.

That calf is moved to an area to be “nursed” by machinery, until it is “weaned” . If it is male, it may be sold to be veal. If it is female, it may join the farmer’s herd. The farmer chooses sperm from bulls that produce cows with very high milk production.

So many of the calves, male or female are incidents…. Many dairy farms will literally pull a birthing calf out of the female with chains and wenches when she goes down to deliver. When she lays down to birth, if she is having difficulty, this is the usual method. The end product is not a calf, but dairy products.

alexis cole June 21, 2010 at 6:52 pm

I really love farming and hope to live on a ranch with my husband, but don’t get me wrong, i’ll be out there all weather pulling my weight same as anybody. i just dont really understand calf pulling, why do they do it? i dont think it cruel at all, i just dont understand it, horses are more my department.

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