Dairy farms are an important part of the meat chain
Dairy cattle and suckler cows calve once per year. The best heifers usually remain on the farm to grow into new cows. The bull calves and some of the heifers are transferred onwards via calf intermediaries. Dairy calves are first taken to calf-rearing facilities before they are one month old. Beef-breed calves are weaned from their mothers at an age of 4–6 months. At an age of about six months, dairy calves and beef-breed calves arrive at the finishing facility. Atria's contract transportation entrepreneurs handle all transportation. Farms may also raise calves for slaughter themselves but it is more common for calf-rearing and finishing to take place on specialised farms.