JD Heiskell Holdings in Tulare 'dismayed' by dairy calf abuse video

The Fresno BeeNovember 14, 2013 

JD Heiskell Holdings in Tulare said it is "dismayed" by images showing dairy calves being mistreated its Quanah Cattle Co. ranch in Colorado, and vowed to cooperate with authorities investigating the alleged abuse.

An undercover video released Wednesday by Compassion Over Killing, an animal rights group based in Washington, D.C., shows calves being yanked, shoved and kicked by workers removing them from a cattle truck.

"Both JD Heiskell and Quanah expect the proper and humane treatment of animals handled at the Quanah facility," Heiskell board chairman Scot Hillman said in a statement.

The company will strengthen training and supervision of employees, the statement said.

Heiskell is a joint venture partner in Quanah, which handles bull dairy calves.

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