Report Synopsis

Can the UK improve the ethics of its dairy calf management while retaining profitability?

Currently researching for Scholarship

Through the Nuffield project I hope to gain a better understanding of where the UK sits globally in terms of dairy calf welfare, and what can be done to improve it. I will look at options for dairy bull calves such as integration into the red meat chain, and best practices for sexed semen use. I will also look at the challenges and opportunities of calf at foot rearing, and whether this can work in a conventional dairy farm on a standard milk contract. I will visit other industries that have managed ethical considerations and “wastage” e.g. horse racing. I hope that my scholarship will positively influence my farming career as well as that of others.