'Got milk?' by Mark J P
Like every female animal, female cows only produce milk for their babies, not for any other reason or any other species. In order for them to continue to lactate, they are 'forcibly inseminated' to make them pregnant. Once they have their calf, it is removed from them within 12-24 hours and kept to either become veal or another dairy cow. Cows normally bond with their calves for up to 8 months. 700, 000 calves are sent off to slaughter each year in Australia. They are legally allowed to be starved for up to 48 hours before being killed, in Australia.
'Calves on slatted floor' by Compassion in World Farming
19-50 year old men and women only require 1,000mg each day. Two glasses of fortified soy milk can provide you with 750mg and two glasses of dairy milk can provide you with 600mg. Obviously this changes with brands (and also between soy, rice, almond and oat milk), so check labels. Not only this, but animal protein can cause the blood to become acidic and leach calcium from the bones. It's a good thing then that calcium is not only found in dairy milk. In order to absorb the calcium, you need to ensure you get vitamin D.
Other sources of calcium include:
- green leafy vegetables
- soya mince
- white/brown bread
- orange juice
- baked beans