Cows are forcibly impregnated for the first time at 14 – 28 months old, and – after giving birth every year to keep the milk flowing – slaughtered once their bodies are worn out at about 6 years old.
To facilitate the production of milk each cow is re-impregnated 2 – 3 months after giving birth.
She would naturally suckle her calf for 9 months to a year, but in dairy farming her offspring are removed within a day or two.
Male calves are an unwanted by-product and are shot after birth, or sold for veal production.
Original painting: acrylic paint on A4 canvas board.
Video of the painting.