Preventing downer cows

Posted on Tuesday, 12 April 2022

Everyone across the supply chain – farmers, veterinarians, transporters, saleyard operators, and processors – has a role to play in protecting the welfare of animals.
All cows transported to slaughter should have a comfortable and safe journey, arriving in a fit and healthy state. It’s the responsibility of farmers to make sure cows are adequately prepared for transport and are handled in a manner that minimises stress and injury. Lactating cows, including those in late lactation, have an increased risk of going down if they’re not adequately prepared and managed.

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