BOBBY calves that are being transported for sale or slaughter must be at least five days old and be in a fit and healthy condition.

Bobby calves must also be adequately protected from the cold during transport, and have been adequately fed milk or milk replacer within six hours of transport.

They should be transported in a trailer or crate that has at least an enclosed front for protection and ideally have appropriate bedding or material on the floor of the trailer to reduce the risks of slipping.

All calves must be able to lie down on their chest during transportation.

Everyone along the supply chain, including producers, transporters, scale operators, livestock agents and saleyard and abattoir staff, are responsible for the welfare of bobby calves.

“Anyone handling calves should also note that it is prohibited in Victoria to use an electric prodder on calves, regardless of whether or not the electric prodder is active,” Agriculture Victoria’s program manager for livestock welfare compliance, Dr Rachael Holmes, said.

“Anyone who uses or places an electric prodder on a bobby calf can face an infringement penalty of $545 or prosecution.

“The use of any dog, including muzzled dogs, to move bobby calves is also prohibited.” For further information regarding bobby calf welfare, visit bit.ly/3CkhAGq.