Dairy Production Fact Sheet
There are more than 1.6 million dairy cows in Australia, and each cow produces 5,000 litres of milk per year. To produce milk for human consumption, a dairy cow must be lactating. Therefore they must keep giving birth to calves. At least 400,000 unwanted calves are slaughtered in Australia each year so that dairy can be consumed by humans. DOWNLOAD FACT SHEET.
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This fact sheet was last updated in July 2015.