Although pioneers implementing alternative rearing systems with mother-infant contact or ad-libitum milk feeding are often organic farmers, the majority of dairy calves on organic farms are still reared with restricted milk amounts. This work package investigates the hypotheses that:
- milk amounts exceeding current recommendations lead to improved welfare, including health, and
- fattening of dairy calves using foster cows improves welfare, including health, and leads to a low use of antibiotics and an improved veal quality.
Prof. Dr. Ute Knierim and Dr. Silvia Ivemeyer, Universität Kassel, Work package leaders