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Veal Producers Prepared for Barn Changes

Ohio veal producers are ready for the changing livestock housing requirements put in place by the industry about a decade ago. “Around 10 years ago, the veal industry decided to move away from tethers and stalls and move into group housing,” said Marissa Hake, veterinarian with the American Veal Association. 

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It's Okay to Eat Veal (And Not Feel Bad About It)


Veal is a delicacy enjoyed since biblical times and greatly prized in the cuisines of many countries in Europe. But Americans hardly eat much veal, about one-third pound per capita. Now, new practices and attentive chefs are hoping to change that.

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Veterinarian Offers Dairy Bull Calf Care Tips via Social Media

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Dairy bull calves sometimes don’t get the same attention as their female counterparts since they leave the farm at an earlier age. Veterinarian Marissa Hake  is hoping to change that perception offering advice through social media on how to keep male dairy calves on a successful path that leads to consumer avenues like veal or beef. 

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State of Veal: Production Stabilizes, Challenges Remain

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When asked to describe the past year, the American Veal Association president uses the word “stability.”

“It’s been stable this past year,” says Dale Bakke, a Wisconsin-based veal industry leader. “Feed prices went up a little bit at about the same time calf prices came down marginally. The result has been a stable cost of operation. “That’s pretty unusual for us,” he adds.

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Progressive Dairyman: Veal farmers rely on dairy farmers and other facts I learned

By: Krista Stauffer

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“I will be honest: I didn't know anything about veal farming until after I started blogging about our family dairy farm a few years ago. As my content began to be shared within activists groups, the accusations that we “murder our baby cows” started to flood in.

"I was completely confused. Why in the world would anyone believe that we would kill our calves including our heifer calves? I started to do some digging and quickly found out why.”

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US veal producers suffer under weight of Dutch imports

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U.S. veal producers are suffering because of what industry representatives say is a flood of Dutch imports that are priced below domestic cuts.

The American Veal Association (AVA) continues to contest the USDA’s decision last year to allow Dutch products back into the U.S. market, but now the group is hoping new tariffs will stem the flow of products from the Netherlands.

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State of veal: Housing on track, profitability is back

America’s veal farmers are closing in on a significant achievement. A decade ago when a national conversation on animal housing was in its infancy, veal producers chose to act.

“We made a commitment on animal housing when others were just beginning to talk about it,” says Dale Bakke, president of the American Veal Association. “Around 90 percent of milk-fed veal calves are in group housing today and we expect to complete the transition by the end of next year as we said we would back in 2007.”

By the end of 2017, veal farmers will have invested more than $50 million in new and renovated barns that provide an environment for calves to be comfortable and thrive.

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Joie de Veal

A cross-border merger in 2009 created the largest, most automated veal and lamb company on the continent. Now if it could only convince customers to give the product a little respect.

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Why You Might Consider Ordering the Veal

The veal industry has changed significantly from the 1980s, with more humane production methods and increased recipe and menu options. This article written by Matthew Kronsberg for the Wall Street Journal talks about industry changes for raising veal and delicious recipes for cooking it.

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State of Veal: Producers making progress amid economic challenges


Consumers want safe, wholesome affordable food and the American Veal Association and the veal industry is committed to providing it. In addition, veal growers are committed to providing the best care for their calves, as shown by estimates that up to 85 percent of veal calves are now in group pen systems. This is on pace to meet the industry goal of the entire U.S. herd switching to group housing by the end of 2017.

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Hunting E.coli


In the meat industry, one might consider Wayne Marcho, founder of Marcho Farms, to be a trailblazer, as he has had a long history of investment into doing “what’s right” by the company and its consumers — the most recent evidence occurring when its continuous improvementefforts were turned toward its already-strong food-safety record.

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