The calf in a cagey is still how it’s produced on the continent – Brit vealPosted 4 years ago
isn’t though, tastes good, gives farmers another income and saves them from the pain of shooting calves minutes after being born – something even pretty tough farmers apparently find difficult.hh45Member
So are Brit Veal-fated calves kept with mothers before meeting their fate? Genuine question.
Not quite. Normally brought up in a bunch with other calves, milk fed and then weaned at the usual age onto grains and grass. If the cow was looking after her calf then the milk would not be available for our cereals, lattes, rice puddings and builder’s tea.
Cows only give milk because they have a calf but half of calves will be male but as they are dairy breeds (bony milk machines) they are no good for beef production. But this does stop their use as veal but it does for normal / adult beef as they are slow growers compared to beef varieties and just never as meaty.
They have been shot mainly since the ban on live animal exports that used to see 10,000s shipped to northern Europe for veal production. Where crates remain the norm.Posted 4 years ago
Cheers Dan, nice to know there’s some humanity in it British veal, and educated a bit more on it now.
Weirdly, it’s not the shot at birth business that bothered me as much as my understanding they were whipped away at birth and kept isolated in cages until such time they were then slaughtered, which just seemed unnecessarily distressing.Posted 4 years ago
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