Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 3


Western Australia, Calves, Calve rearing, Dairy calves

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Only a limited number of calves are reared on dairy farms which sell whole milk. At current prices, it is only a very good calf which is worth more than the milk it would consume, and as a result, the heifer calves from thousands of productive cows are each year slaughtered at birth. In the past the whole milk supplier was able to obtain his herd replacements from farmers in the more distant dairying districts who, of necessity sold butterfat and could rear calves on separated milk.

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