Ease of moving young calves at different ages

  • Jongman E
  • Butler K
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Abstract

Young ('bobby') calves transported to the abattoir in their first week of life have not yet developed natural herding behaviour. The calves are still in a 'hider' phase and naturally spend most of their time lying and sleeping. Anecdotally, calves are easier to handle as they get older, although it is unclear if they are inherently more responsive to a handler.

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  • Animal handling
  • Animal welfare
  • Calves

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