Seems that dairy farmers are doing a very bad job tweaking Mother Nature. In even the most "sophisticated" operations, many newborns are found to be malnourished. Oh, and you'll never guess why! "Inadequate personnel" are "too busy" to insure the job of feeding calves is done correctly:
Calves were almost four times more likely to have inadequate levels if a milker was responsible for collecting colostrum versus other personnel, suggesting that milkers may be too busy to collect quality colostrum. WSU researchers recommended that designated personnel for colostrum harvest and feeding should be considered.
Calves were 2.3 times more likely to not have enough antibodies if colostrum quality was not evaluated versus evaluated by a colostrometer, suggesting that using a colostrometer would help eliminate first feedings of poor quality colostrum.These dairy folks aren't ever too short of time to steal the babies away, are they? And I'm quite sure too, that left to her own maternal instincts mother cow, would adore having the experience of nourishing her baby. I don't believe she would be "too busy"... I'm certain she'd find the time.
It's so odd that this industry and it's consumers think somehow that this is "natural." Or even think that it's kind.
Just recently, I asked a woman if she knew that the calves were immediately separated from their mothers? And she looked at me with (faked) confusion and asked "Do you really think they care"?
Yeah... I do think they care. What's more is I CARE!
Please gentle readers... Do not worry yourself with watching this video - You've already seen enough. Everyone else however --- Please do open your eyes, minds and hearts! Please live compassionately.