The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), animal scientists and agricultural engineers have worked with veal farmers to develop specific guidelines for veal calf care and production. Veal farmers have a long tradition of providing calves with special individualized care, and raising calves in individual stalls allowed farmers to carefully monitor and manage calves’ nutrition and overall health.
Advances in technology and research now allow farmers to provide the same level of high-quality care in group settings. In 2007, veal farmers announced they were committed to transitioning all farms to group barns. Today, it is estimated that 30 percent of veal calves are raised in group barns.
Veal calves are housed in insulated, well-ventilated barns. Farmers use the latest technology to ensure calves are comfortable. Barns are well-lit and equipped with supplementary heating and cooling systems.
Meet Jurian Bartelse
Jurian Bartelse is one of a growing number of American veal farmers who have transitioned to group housing. After years of researching and piloting new housing methods, Jurian chose a modern group housing design and technology when he built new barns on his farm.
Take a look inside Jurian’s farm: