A Waikato farmer has raced to the defence of his fellow farmers following an exposure of "dark side of the farming industry".
TVNZ's Sunday programme aired footage showing newborn calves being roughly thrown onto trucks, being physically abused, kicked, torn from their mothers and left in the sun and suffering unsavoury conditions for hours.
But Walton sharemilker Aaron Robertson has hit out at the video's makers Farmwatch, who claim that abuse is widespread.
On a video uploaded to his Facebook page, Robertson responded to the claims saying: "Heart-wrecking right?"
In his video he says those responsible for the abuse were less than one per cent of the industry but that they need to be "kicked out".
"I want you to hear my word on how we treat animals - it's nothing like that."
Robertson did admit farmers often take calves away from their mothers but said it's done in a humane and appropriate way.
The Waikato farmer said after watching the video he'll talk to one of the companies identified in the undercover video.
"We send our cows there to be pet food, but from now on - nah."
"That's not everybody. Ninety-nine per cent of farmers out there work their f****** a**** off."
Robertson's video has been viewed over 8000 times since posting online last weekend.
Jono Green said Farmwatch had an agenda to ban all farming practices.
"There is no doubt the footage they obtained was horrific and disgraceful and some people need to be held accountable, but to place the entire industry in the same boat is being blatantly prejudiced."
However, some have hit out saying killing calves, no matter how it's done, is abuse.