WHAT IS VEAL?
Veal can be produced from any gender and breed of cattle, however most veal comes from young males of dairy breeds not used for breeding. Veal is also market ready much earlier than traditional beef, often being ready up to one year sooner.
IS ALL VEAL THE SAME?
No, not all veal is the same! There are two main types of veal, white and red veal. White veal is fed only milk. It’s commonly kept in small crates too narrow for the animal to turn around in and is market ready at about two months of age. Red veal is fed solid foods like grain, hay or pasture. Red veal is typically raised in larger groups in pastures (or in large pens in a barn for winter) and is market ready at about seven to eight months of age.
DO WE USE HORMONES OR ANTIBIOTICS?
No, we DO NOT use hormone implants of any kind on any of our livestock! Yes, we DO use some antibiotics. At 4M farms we feel we have a moral obligation to keep our livestock as healthy and happy as possible with a high quality of life. We only treat our livestock on an as needed basis and only have to treat a small number of animals per year. The animals we do treat get sold on the open market and ARE NOT processed and sold to our customers.
ARE WE CERTIFIED ORGANIC?
No we are not certified organic. We do raise our livestock and grow our produce as organically and humanely as we can. The week old veal calves and chicks we buy are not from certified organic farms so we can’t become certified organic.