Nursing calves reduce milk production.
The farmer's solution is to feed soymilk to baby cows!
I was thumbing through an old issue of Hoard's Dairyman
(January 10, 1956) and learned that 9-10 pounds of milk are
required for a nursing calf to gain just one pound of body
Farmers today receive about $14 for every 100 pounds of milk
that they produce. The break-even point for his baby "veal"
is nearly $1.40 per pound. Farmers receive around 40 cents
per pound when selling that calf to the meat processor,
which would represent an enormous loss.
Therefore, milk-fed veal is impossibility at today's prices.
WHAT HAPPENS TO CALVES?
Baby females are raised to become milk producers. Males
suffer a different fate.
These days, calves are kept chained to a stall in a tiny
crate that keeps them from standing and exercising, which
would add muscle fiber to their flesh. They remain weak and
anemic so that their pale white flesh resembles the milk-fed
veal of days long ago. These animals cannot even turn in
their stalls. They are force-fed and lay in their own
Those who call themselves compassionate vegetarians and
still use milk and dairy products are unaware of the
cruelest aspect of the factory-farm business.
In order for cows to give milk, they must first give birth.
Milk drinkers indirectly support the veal industry.
Dairy farmers cannot afford to be compassionate to their
animals. Compassion is bad for business.
The 43-year old Hoard's article directs this ending comment
to the dairy farmer:
"The nursing calf is a big milk waster as well as eater, and
in the end he may not be the only sucker in the barn."