In Switzerland, many calves leave the farm where they were born at the age of around four to five weeks to be reared on a specialized veal farm. This is also the case for many Naturafarm calves.
However, the health of the calves is often impaired when they arrive at the veal farm. On the one hand, the care they receive at the farm where they are born is not always the best. On the other hand, the young animals often come into contact with germs from other farms during transport and in holding pens, to which they are not immune. This is less than ideal for the animals' well-being and requires treatment with antibiotics.
We therefore do everything we can to continue improving the conditions on the birth farms and during transport of the calves. In a broad-based project we are testing the results of the preliminary trials in practice between 2017 and 2019. Our project aims to reduce the use of antibiotics and the risk of resistant germs so as to improve the animals' well-being. We will continue to do everything we can to avoid animals becoming ill – but if this does happen, effective drugs will be needed in future too. If the project is successful we will be able to integrate the measures into the Naturafarm guidelines.