28. June 2022

Live transport inspection: Unweaned calves form Germany enroute to Spain

For the first time, our team is observing how calves are supplied on a truck with electrolyte solution using a new drinking system.

This transporter has a mobile drinking system.

Our team covertly trails a German transporter carrying unweaned calves to Spain. We are accompanied by an official veterinarian. After eight hours the drivers stopp in France to supply the calves with electrolyte solution. The majority of the calves is using the mobile drinking system.

We are positively surprised to observe for the first time the approach of a transporter to supply calves onboard the truck with a mobile drinking system. Usually, the transporters ignore the obligatory supply break. Nevertheless, the system is not perfect. Not all calves can be supplied, especially the lower ranking animals are struggeling. Moreover, we criticise that milk should be offered to them instead of electrolyte solution.