See what happens everyday inside a small-scale dairy and veal farm. Witness the milk line production, artificial insemination and the birth of calves who are taken away from their mothers not 15 minutes after birth. This photo gallery walks you inside the dairy, through the experience of those who live and die, on the farm.


On the farm, mothers will undergo endless cycles of milking through a meticulously motorized and computerised system. 

Mothers are milked through a meticulously motorized and computerized system.

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She will be reimpregnated until her body becomes exhausted from the years of giving birth and milk production. At that point, she will be sent to slaughter and sold as low-grade beef.

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Outside this system, she could live 20+ years but here, she will be slaughtered before her eighth birthday

Photo courtesy of Jo-Anne McArthur | We Animals

Photo courtesy of Jo-Anne McArthur | We Animals

Her life involves no pasture. Her days are spent standing on hard surfaces and as a result their hooves grow to painful lengths.

These cows know no pasture. Their days are spent standing on hard surfaces and as a result their hooves grow to painful lengths.

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The mother shares an immediate and clear bond with her calf. 

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Other dairy cows, who have had their calves taken away, will watch as the new mother cleans her baby.

Other dairy cows, who have had their calves taken away, watch as the new mother cleans her baby.

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The calf is born with ropes around her legs. She is literally enslaved to us from birth.

Born with ropes around her legs, she is literally enslaved to us from birth.

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The young calves are either be raised for veal or put into the milk production system. Both outcomes involve lives of exploitation and a premature death.

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Their ears are clipped and tagged without anesthetic or painkillers.

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Veal calves are taken away from their mothers within minutes of being born. Their first food is colostrum from a bottle.

Veal calves are taken away from their mothers within minutes of being born. Their first food is colostrum from a bottle.

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This calf has been chosen for veal. She is dumped in a barrow and wheeled to her home, a veal crate.

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Still wet from birth, she will be added to the rows of other calves and crates, and raised in this confinement. 

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Unless veal crates are thoroughly cleaned on a daily basis, they can be breeding grounds for flies which plague the calves.

Unless veal crates are thoroughly cleaned on a daily basis, they can be breeding grounds for flies which plague the calves.

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Her life will be a lonely, and short existence. She will be killed when she is between 16 to 18 weeks of age. 

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Photo courtesy of Jo-Anne McArthur | We Animals