Any mistreatment of animals is completely unacceptable to Fonterra and our farmers.
We’re taking immediate steps to deal with it alongside the rest of the New Zealand dairy industry:
While bobby calves will always be part of the dairy industry, they must be treated with care and respect. Behaviour in this footage in no way represents the vast majority of New Zealand farmers who care about their animals.
As a Co-operative we take a hard line on animal welfare. We’re investigating this and will be taking strong action if any of our people were involved.
We work proactively with our farmers to embed best practice and uphold the Five Freedoms:
Fonterra is absolutely committed to responsible dairying. We work with our farmers to ensure they maintain the highest standards of animal welfare and they have a strong track record when it comes to on-farm animal welfare practices.
We audit farms annually and have strict controls in place in any instance where these Five Freedoms are not being observed.
This includes working with industry representative bodies like Dairy NZ and MPI to support our farmers and ensure best practice is observed on-farm.
We want to let our customers and consumers know that we are taking action to ensure these practices do not happen on Fonterra farms and will be front-footing this issue with other primary industries.