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Scandinavian systems allowing dairy cows to nurse and interact with heifer calves have been shown to boost lifetime production. This forms the thrust of several positive arguments experts have recently made for keeping dairy cows and calves together. There are, however, many issues with allowing nursing on a dairy farm. In well-managed cases, calves kept with dams 24 hours a day can grow up to 1.4kg/day in high-welfare systems, explains a recently published literature review in the journal Applied Animal Behaviour […]