Hello! I’m an animal science student graduating from the Husdjursagronom program this spring. I have grown up with suckler cows in the south of Sweden and cattle has always been one of my main interests. When starting at SLU 5 years ago I got to hear about the possibilities to keep dairy cows with their calves and like the thought of it even if I’m not against the traditional system. I was however a bit sceptical regarding how good of a mother the dairy cow is with generations of selection for other traits. The thought of keeping the dairy cows with their calf has been in the back of my head during my whole education so when I came in contact with the project about cow-calf contact systems there was no hesitation that I would do my thesis on this subject. After graduation, I would like to work with cattle as a production and/or feed advisor for both dairy and meat-producing cattle farmers. I’m also, with the insight the thesis gave me, interested in working with developing this system outside of the academic world on farms that would like to do the change.