Interesting that you said that, a good few years ago I was involved with breeding pedigree Herefords, we had both horned and polled herds. It was common practice to foster Hereford calves onto either Friesian, Ayrshire or Devon Red cows whose calves had gone into the food chain, I can't recall having a failure in this scheme. In this case, whether it was ethical is another discussion.If this really does work it will be great for breeders, no more searching for foster mares or skinning dead foals.
As regards cattle, I can only comment in terms of our own herd. Two years ago I lost a cow with a three month old calf at foot, which was then fed by any and all of the other cows. Whether this happens with horses in a herd situation I have no idea.
It is interesting to watch them. Now that they are over the initial obsession with the calves, it seems someone is 'duty Mum' and has half a dozen calves with her whilst the rest of the herd are away over the other side of the field.Interesting that you said that, a good few years ago I was involved with breeding pedigree Herefords, we had both horned and polled herds. It was common practice to foster Hereford calves onto either Friesian, Ayrshire or Devon Red cows whose calves had gone into the food chain, I can't recall having a failure in this scheme. In this case, whether it was ethical is another discussion.
. . . .Covert cameras were installed by campaign group Animal Aid at the abattoir with footage from four days at the end of 2019 and the start of 2020.
Animal Aid spokesman Dene Stansall said: "When we looked at the footage we were absolutely astounded at the sheer volume of young thoroughbreds."
Footage showed dozens of former racehorses being slaughtered, with most of them majority of young horses from Ireland, the BBC reports.
Some of the horses shot in the abattoir had previous illustrious racing careers, winning thousands of pounds.
Mr Elliott told Panorama none of the three animals allegedly trained by him in Ireland in the past were sent to the abattoir by him.
They were retired from racing after being injured and weren't under his care when they were killed, he told the BBC.
Two were sent to a horse dealer "to be rehomed if possible, and if not, to be humanely euthanised" in accordance with regulations, the told the broadcaster.
He said he gave a third horse to another rider as requested by its owner and was unaware what happened to them until Panorama contacted him.
. . . Prof Daniel Mills, a veterinary behavioural specialist from the University of Lincoln, who saw the footage, said: "A gunshot going off is going to be startling.
"Seeing another horse suddenly drop, these are all going to be very distressing for a horse in this situation."
In 91 incidents, horses were shot from a distance instead of close up, the BBC reports.
Commenting on one killing, Prof Mills added: "It doesn't look like the horse is even stunned.
"You can see it's turning its head. It seems to have got some control actually over its head and neck.
"If that's representative of how they're being killed, then we've got a really serious problem."
A spokesman for the abattoir said it takes "great care to maintain high welfare conditions and do not accept any form of animal abuse".
All horses are "humanely destroyed'' and the abattoir takes ''swift action to review and rectify" any issues, the spokesman said.
Mr Elliott told the BBC: "None of those animals were sent by me to the abattoir."
I watched that programme last night. Truly shocking and I have absolutely no connection to Horses or the Equine Industry.Published by: Joe Duggan, The SUN, on 19 Jul 2021.
THOUSANDS of racehorses are killed in slaughterhouses in the UK and Ireland each year, it's reported.
A BBC Panorama report claims more than 4,000 horses - some previously owned and trained by the sport's biggest names - were slaughtered since 2019.
Undercover recordings allegedly show how rules to protect horses from a cruel death appeared to be regularly ignored at one of Britain's largest abattoirs, tonight's investigation The Dark Side of Horse Racing claims.
The abattoir, Drury and Sons in Swindon - which has a licence to kill horses - told the BBC it didn't accept any form of animal abuse.
Three of the horses allegedly shot in the abattoir were reportedly trained by three-time Grand National-winning coach Gordon Elliot .
HORSE SLAUGHTER . . . .
In March, Elliott was axed by Betfair and suspended from racing after he sparked fury when he was photographed sitting on a dead horse.
'STARTLING' . . . .
Regulations say horses shouldn't be slaughtered within sight of each other, with every effort made to ensure a quick death.
The footage taken by Animal Aid's cameras showed horses being shot 26 times.
Sun Online has contacted Drury and Sons and Gordon Elliott for comment.
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