Dairy Farming

Lambs Only Hours Old

Newborn Lambs, only hours old, suckle on their mother's nipple. The way it should be. They have yet to be separated in time for Easter dinner.

Retained Placenta Afterbirth

Despite suffering a retained placenta after just giving birth a mother is hooked up to a milking machines and forced back to her place in the milking line. The incidence of retained placenta in healthy dairy cows is 5 to 15%. The problem may be increased by abortion, difficult calving, milk fever, twin births, advancing age of the cow, pre-mature birth, inflamed placenta and various nutritional disturbances. It is normally easy to diagnose a cow with retained placenta by looking at the degenerated, discolored and unpleasant-smelling membranes hanging from the vulva more than 24 hours after calving, one can confirm a case of retained placenta.

Baby Calves Crying Out For Mom

Baby calves cry out for their moms. Their cries are returned from the next room full of milking mothers hooked up to machines, yet they will never see one another again. I can't imagine the day her cry isn't returned because her mother has dried up and its time for this girl to take her place in the milking line.

Cotton Wool

A young baby on display each and every day. She will remain here until she joins the mother herd of milking machines.

Little Mouth

Born only two days ago, her tongue and mouth have yet to develop full function. She suckles like a human baby without a soother.

Dinosaur is Down

Dinosaur was laying there the entire time I saw her. She appears so defeated. What happens next? They'll spraypaint her breasts green and she will be separated with the other 'dry mothers' unable to produce milk or reaching exhaustion. Soon they'll all be on those terrible trucks heading for the last horrific moments of her already suffered life.

Baby Brown

A newly born brown baby calf suckles for her mother. I feel devastated to have this opportunity to connect with her; an experience her mother has been deprived of moments after giving birth. The bond between a mother and child extends beyond our human race and is inherent in the sentience of all beings. 

Bored Baby Calves

Given only the space of a small closet to live their entire lives, these baby calves are only days old and showing signs of boredom and frustration. Pacing around in circles, trying to play, reaching for one another. This will be their entire, too short and suffered lives.

Female calves on Dairy Farms

This is how female calves live on #dairy farms; Confined in isolated pens like this one from the day they are born for the first 2-3 months of their life. Dairy farmers love to call this lonely, deprived, motherless existence “individualized care.” — their mothers were trapped behind, able to smell their babies but only see the back of these glorified dog crates. They will never be together again. Eventually, these daughters will be transferred to the group pen and on to the dairy herd of suffering mothers. Their mothers will have already been slaughtered. To keep up with the absurd and unnecessary human consumption of her cow milk, she will be forced to give birth before she is 1 year old.

See Yourself in Her Eyes

See yourself in her eyes. For what if it was someone you know and love and this was the way they were set to spend their entire lives. Think about it. What if it was yourself?

Calves Desperate for Mother's Milk

This is not cute and no, they are not kissing. This is the devastatingly desperate sight of two children that have been separated from their mothers before given the change to naturally feed on her breast. 

They Still Reach Out For Love

We've seen videos of how affectionate cows can be when given sanctuary; Now see how even though these mothers have been used and abused their entire lives, they still reach out for love, enjoy having their neck scratched and rubbing their big heads up against you. The major difference between this mother and the cows we've seen in these other videos is that she has yet to be saved. She is still there, in that same place, day in and day out, until her final one finally arrives. Much much sooner than those who we give the opportunity to enjoy their natural life-span in peace.

Suckling for Mum

A baby calf- separated from her mother moments after birth- suckles on my fingers wishing they were her mothers udders. They crave the mothers milk they are denied; at the cost of human consumption.

See Through Her Eyes

Imagine that’s your eye you are looking out of; out into a world that doesn’t understand. You stay inside day after day, standing in the same spot as you watch your life go by. They shove their fists inside you, 9 months later you give birth to a magnificent baby. You think it may have all been worth it— until they take her away. You never seen her again— yet her cries haunt you at night. They pump your swollen breasts dry and they spray paint them green. You are suddenly surrounded by other mothers who are as exhausted as you. You’re together in that truck, wondering what more they could do. Arriving at the slaughterhouse, where they take you for the rest of what they think you’re worth. Your last moments make your entire life of suffering only a drop in the bucket. Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it is. I wonder what last thought passes through their mind as their eyes search to meet our own.