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​What happens to male calves in the dairy industry?

Male dairy calves are not typically raised on dairy farms. Only a few bulls are needed for breeding on a dairy farm, and male calves do not grow up to produce milk. The male calves are usually sold to other farms where they are raised for veal (i.e. “young dairy beef”).

Male calves are often moved to a new farm within the first few weeks of life. They are raised on a veal or beef farm to an average of five months of age for milk-fed veal and seven months of age for grain-fed veal.

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