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It’s just a few short days until spring and on a farm, that means one thing: babies. 

Unfortunately, greater births can also mean greater deaths as animals, who are not useful to the agriculture industry, are culled.

Male chicks born into the egg industry can’t produce eggs nor are they suitable for meat production. As a result, they are routinely killed on the first day of their lives. 

According to the Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: Domestic Poultry 4th Edition, “culled or surplus hatchlings… must be destroyed humanely by a recommended method such as carbon dioxide gassing or quick maceration.”

The Australian dairy industry tells a similar story, producing hundreds of thousands of unwanted bobby calves each year, the majority of whom are killed within the first week of their lives.

We know that farmers genuinely care about their animals and often loathe the day when their animals are taken to slaughter. We also understand that farmers simply cannot afford to keep animals once they are no longer commercially viable.

So we found a solution.

Here at our sanctuary in Mullumbimby, we combine soil regeneration and animal rescue to enhance the health of Australian land and allow these animals to live out their natural life, surrounded by their own kind.

“This work is incredibly fulfilling but we can’t do it alone. By working with us, farmers can continue to care for their animals as they have always done,” our founder, Donna Wild, says.

To further this endeavour, Til’ the Cows Come Home has announced a new campaign: Farmers Friends.

“The goal is to gain the trust of farmers so we can work in partnership to improve animal welfare.”

“I want to bridge the gap between vegans and farmers so we can work together without either side feeling scared or threatened,” Donna says.

Find out more about how we work with farmers to rescue animals and don’t hesitate to reach out if you would like to be involved.

By Genevieve Mater