Disease and poor-standard housing conditions are the main welfare problems suffered by dairy cows.
Many of the common health problems experienced by the modern dairy cow are due to the physical demands of milk production.
Historically breeding for high milk yields has meant that cows have got bigger and more productive, but in many cases housing and management systems haven’t grown to accommodate them.
Dairy cattle have better lives under the RSPCA Assured scheme
The RSPCA welfare standards - which have herd health and cow comfort at their heart - have to be met for milk to be labelled RSPCA Assured:
- Cows must be provided with enough space and bedding to allow them to lie down and get up without injuring themselves