The 200 dairy farmers supplying Morrisons for Arla are for the first time being guaranteed a home for all bull calves produced.
Farmers will have the right to sell all healthy dairy- and beef-sired calves to Buitelaar Production, Morrisons’ calf-rearing partners, as Arla moves to eliminate the practice of shooting healthy bull calves.
The move is part of the Arla UK 360 scheme of enhanced animal and environmental welfare standards, with which Morrisons’ suppliers are obliged to fully comply by October in return for a premium.
The farmer-owned dairy co-op, which also supplies Aldi, came up with the six principles last year in addition to its Arlagarden assurance schemes.
Source: Farmers Weekly