Veal farmers are committed to providing for the care and comfort of their calves. Modern veal barns have ample natural and overhead lighting and many windows to let in natural sunlight. Veal farmers house calves in barns to protect them from harsh weather, to monitor, feed and water them regularly, and keep their stalls clean. Most modern veal barns are also heated during cold months and have year-round ventilation to allow for clean, fresh air.
Veal farmers have begun to transition from individual stalls to group pens and today, a majority of veal calves are raised in group pens. Farmers continue to innovate and perfect group housing but generally ensure that veal calves are moved to group pens of two or more by ten-weeks of age. Veal calves raised in groups require dedicated management to limit competition for food and water, fighting and injury. Calves are provided a dry, clean place to rest. Veal farmers adopt a protocol for individual monitoring that promotes maximum health and comfort for each animal. They also work with a veterinarian to develop a robust herd-health program specifically designed for group-housed calves.
Additionally, veal calves must have adequate space to stand, stretch, lie down and groom naturally.
Meet a Veal Farmer
Chris Landwehr has spent the last three decade caring for calves and producing food with the same values shared by farm families for generations. After college, Chris left his career in the financial business sector to return to the family farm. View the video below to meet Chris and take a virtual tour of his farm.