Asie, Europe and Afrique arrived on September 29, 2021. Asie was 11 days, Europe and Afrique were 3 weeks. They were born from dairy mothers-cows inseminated with a ”Belgian Blue White”. This breed was created for the food industry from a genetic anomaly. They are “monsters”. The mothers, “Prim’Holstein” have also selected and crossed to produce more milk than naturally. With this crossbreeding against nature, the lactation of the cows is relaunched and the calves, enormous and very profitable, go to the slaughterhouse as “veal calves”.
Asie, Europe and Afrique should have been slaughtered between 6 and 8 months. Life has decided otherwise for our 3 lads…
When they arrived, they were frightened after 10 hours of transport, with significant diarrhea, ringworm and bronchitis.
The veterinarian came the next morning to provide them with the necessary care and reflect with us on the care and feeding protocol. They were bottle-fed until they were 6 months old with access to pasture and ad libitum hay.
Our goal is to try to limit the “genetic breakage”… Usually they are fed growth pushing pellets for better profitability.
Asia has particularly weak condition. During the summer 2022, he developed infectious meningitis which nearly took his life. The care was complex and the safety of the caregivers involved. We had to urgently buy a restraint barrier to be able to provide future care in complete safety… Genetic manipulation makes them very fragile beings. They were not “designed” to age but to be slaughtered between 6 and 8 months.
Despite our best efforts, Afrique has begun to act very dominant and behave dangerously towards humans. After a few mishaps that could have gone wrong, we called on our friends at OABA for help. Afrique has joined their “happiness herd” in a specialized cattle shelter. He is completely safe there.