A healthy calf is a priority at the farm.
Veal farmers have an ethical obligation to provide each animal with appropriate quality care through each stage of life. This is best achieved by establishing on-farm programs and training that seek to maximize animal health while minimizing stress and disease. Timely and appropriate response to treating sickness or disease is important. Veal farmers work directly with a veterinarian to develop a comprehensive herd-health program. This enables veal farmers to provide quality animal care, prevent disease and determine the best option for addressing any animal health concern.
Dr. Marissa Hake is a veterinarian responsible for veal calves raised in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Watch this video to learn more about what she does to ensure healthy calves.
Best Practices for Calf Care
Most dairy farmers might not think of themselves as playing a key role in the veal industry, but they do. The efforts of dairymen with new born calves that enter the veal market are significant. Dr. Marissa Hake, a veterinarian who works exclusively with milk-fed veal calves, offers best practices for calf care. Dr. Hake says the same principles for heifer calf care also apply to calves that are headed to the beef or veal markets.