Welcome to the farm. We invite you to look around and learn more about veal farming today. Veal farmers are committed to the values that have guided American farmers for generations. Farmers know they have a special obligation to the animals in their care and are committed to adopting responsible practices to ensure consumer expectations are met for producing safe and wholesome food raised responsibly.
Veal farms are located primarily in states where dairy farms are based. The video below is a great opportunity to tour a veal farm virtually.
- Veal has typically been raised in states with dairy farms. Today, you can find most veal farms in the Midwest and Northeast.
- Veal farmers purchase dairy calves (primarily male Holstein calves) at about 100 pounds live weight and raise them for approximately 20-22 weeks until they weigh upward of 475-500 pounds.
- A typical veal farm is a small family farm that raises approximately 200 calves.
- “Special-fed” or “Milk-fed” veal: Special-fed veal calves (also known as milk-fed and formula-fed veal calves) are fed nutritionally-balanced milk or soy-based diets. These specially-controlled diets contain iron and 40 other essential nutrients, including amino acids, carbohydrates, fats, minerals and vitamins. The majority of veal calves are “special-fed.”
- “Non-special fed” or “Pasture-raised veal”: Non-special-fed veal calves are fed a variety of diets, including milk replacer, grain and forages (hay, silage, or pasture). They are marketed at live weights of 151 to 400 pounds.
- Calf: A calf is a young bovine, either male or female.
- “Bob” veal: A small percentage of domestic veal calves are marketed up to three weeks of age, or a weight of less than 150 pounds. These are called “Bob” veal.