A Persistent Evil in the Workings of the Dairy/Beef/Veal Industry
1. The Soil Association has introduced measures to put an end to the culling of male dairy calves on organic farms. New standards for calf welfare have just been brought in that require organic dairy farmers who still resort to culling to end the practice by 2015. The Association is working with farmers to come up with alternatives. The growing market in organic rosé veal is one alternative to culling, according to Phil Stocker, director of farmer and grower relations. Farmers are also working on cattle strains that could be used for meat and dairy, he added.
2. He says: “ Culling was being banned to further improve the perception of organic farming. Most of our members agree that culling calves is wasteful and symptom of an unsustainable farming system. The change is also in line with the government’s food security agenda and calls from animal welfare organisations.”
3. This problem persists after many years of futile complaint. It is one of the most serious objections to the dairy/beef/veal system. It is once again coming under suspicion as vets and doctors try to cope with the spread of MDRs (Multidrug Resistant) diseases and excessive use of antibiotics.