Veal calves receive proper nutrition and water through every stage of life. Veal farmers use quality feed that meets the nutritional requirements of veal calves and contains the nutrition necessary to maintain health, growth and energy. Calves have access to drinking water throughout the day. Feed is managed for proper protein and fat levels for the age and size of the calf. Although dairy products, particularly whey protein concentrate, still form the basis for most veal feeds, there are alternative nutrient sources that give satisfactory results when the ingredients are combined correctly and thoroughly tested through research and development. Veal farmers work with reputable experts such as animal nutritionists to design nutritional programs that are best for veal calves.