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This section contains a welfare potential matrix of the different production systems for dairy cows and calves, as well as a summary of the key welfare issues in both systems for dairy cows and calves.

There are also resources about the welfare of dairy cows (summary and full information sheet) and calves (summary and full information sheet), and how to measure animal welfare outcomes in dairy cows (summary and booklet).

You can also learn more about Cow Calf separation and natural weaning (summary and full information sheet).

Or find out how Compassion's welfare criteria for dairy cows and calves compare with other welfare schemes here.

There is also information about EU and UK milk production and the consumer perception of milk.

 

How welfare schemes compare to Compassion's criteria for higher welfare - Dairy Cattle

A comprehensive table comparing the various welfare initiatives and how they compare with Compassion's welfare criteria for dairy cows and calves.

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Welfare Potential Matrix - Dairy Calves

A summary table which outlines the welfare potential by production system for dairy calves using a ‘Bad-Better-Best’ model.

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Welfare Potential Matrix - Dairy Cattle

A summary table which outlines the welfare potential by production system for dairy cattle using a ‘Bad-Better-Best’ model.

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Welfare Issues Table - Dairy Cows

A summary table which outlines the main welfare issues experienced by dairy cows and offers some alternative solutions.

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Welfare Issues Table - Dairy Calves

A summary table which outlines the main welfare issues experienced by dairy calves and offers some alternative solutions.

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Welfare Outcome Summary - Dairy Cows

Welfare outcomes are an animal-based method of assessing factors that contribute to an animal’s quality of welfare. This information sheet provides a selection of the main…

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Dairy Welfare Outcomes Booklet

Practical guide on the welfare outcomes in dairy cows, which explains what outcomes are, which ones to prioritise, how to carry them out on farm and which targets to aim for.

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Welfare of the dairy cow

Full technical information sheet. Suitable for readers with some prior knowledge or wanting to learn about the topic in more detail. 

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Welfare of the dairy calf

Full technical information sheet. Suitable for readers with some prior knowledge or wanting to learn about the topic in more detail. 

Download (PDF 0.34MB)

SUMMARY - Cow Calf Separation and Natural Weaning

A summary of our technical information sheet on the topic in a simpler, easy to read format.

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