In the morning our teams went back to inspect the livestock trucks at Petline. The calves on one truck that had been unloaded yesterday were reloaded, while others from the same company were unloaded. Due to the small size of the outdoor pens, there is no other way to do it- not all animals waiting in Kapikule can get out of the trucks, only a very small percentage. The loaded truck looks overcrowded, partitions are not in place and the floor is wet and dirty.
In the afternoon a new truck with pregnant heifers arrived from the Czech Republic. We asked the drivers to turn on the water system and ventilation. The heifers are really thirsty, trying to drink from the nipples and fighting with eachother over the little bit of water coming out of them. Even though today is cloudy, the temperature is still 32 degrees and sticky.
Later in the afternoon it started to rain and we filmed the calves standing in the rain and the muddy ground. The small outdoor pens at Petline do not have any roof, so there is no protection for the animals from rain or sun.