Fair Oaks Farms in Fair Oaks, Indiana is billed as being a family-friendly place – an agricultural amusement park that offers families the chance to get up close and personal with the animals raised to produce meat and dairy for humans to eat. It lets children and adults alike connect with their food and learn more about the species themselves.
Fair Oaks might seem family-friendly at first glance. In one room you can see dairy cows giving birth!
This gives children the opportunity to experience the miracle of life by witnessing it firsthand. What children don’t realize is that they’re present with the cows as they see their calves for the first time, as well as the last.
If the calves are male, they’ll head off quickly to the veal farm, where they will be deprived of their mothers’ affection before being slaughtered at only a few weeks old. That way, children can enjoy the milk that was intended for the calves.
Female calves, like males, only spend a short time with their mothers before being moved.