Interest.co.nz have a very disturbing video of starving calves.
They were on a property owned by Crafar Farms, the country’s biggest dairy farmers.
Owners are not directly responsible for everything which happens on the farm. But they are responsible for ensuring that systems and processes are in place and operating properly.
It appears that in this case they weren’t.
Animal welfare must be the first priority in any livestock operation.
It appears that on this farm it wasn’t.
If owners aren’t able to monitor farms regularly they have to employ other people they can trust to do it.
The bigger the operation the more important it is to do that because no systems are perfect and the best processes are only as good as they people who carry them out.