I was under the impression that regardless of how small, free-range, or organic the dairy farm, the farmer still took the baby calves away from their mothers within a few days of their birth. Is this correct? I know that the farms in the Organic Valley co-op remove the calves within 5 days (I've contacted them about it). They don't go for veal but they do eventually get raised for beef. And of course on the factory farms the babies are removed within a few hours. But do farms actually exist where the baby calves get to live alongside their mothers and nurse whenever they are hungry?
I want to make sure that I have my facts straight when discussing these issues with non-vegans. Thanks!