VFO takes ‘next step’ by hiring compliance officer

Former police officer will target non-payment of veal checkoff fee

Former police officer will target non-payment of veal checkoff fee

Reading Time: 2 minutes Veal Farmers of Ontario (VFO) has hired a veteran of both municipal policing and border services for a newly-created position of inspection and compliance officer. The organization is acting on a recommendation to bring in expertise in auditing and compliance. Geoff Holwell will join the producer organization on a part-time basis, with his primary responsibilities […] Read more

Those familiar with veal know quality when they see, buy and taste it.

Heavier weight limit now in effect for Canadian veal

Top processor says enforcement will be strict and farmers shouldn’t ship heavier animals

Reading Time: 2 minutes Despite recent changes that allow veal carcasses to weigh 10 kilograms more than previously, producers were recently advised not to set the heaviest limit as the goal for all calves. During a morning session at the Veal Farmers of Ontario annual general meeting, the organization’s executive director Jennifer Haley impressed upon producers the importance of […] Read more

Last year’s winning sandwich was the Veal Supreme from Kantene.

Contest celebrating veal postponed due to COVID-19

Not all Best Veal Sandwich hopefuls were made with veal in past years

Reading Time: 3 minutes Veal Farmers of Ontario’s contest celebrating great veal sandwiches has helped promote veal, but it has also revealed the level of non-veal meat passed off as veal. The organization has cancelled this year’s Ontario’s Best Veal Sandwich due to the closure of most restaurants in the province due to COVID-19. Before the organization had to […] Read more

Veal Farmers of Ontario executive director Jennifer Haley, left, Canadian Beef Check-Off Agency general manager Melinda German and board chair Chad Ross.

Veal farmers join national check-off agency

Fees were already being collected, but now Ontario farmers have more say in spending

Reading Time: 2 minutes Veal Farmers of Ontario (VFO) is now part of the Canadian Beef Check-Off Agency (CBCA), following an agreement that included a voting role on a subcommittee charged with promotion. The western Canada-based chair and general manager of the agency were on hand at VFO’s recent annual general meeting to usher in the arrangement. A federally […] Read more

U.S. meat industry sues California for animal protection ‘overreach’

Reading Time: 2 minutes Reuters — California was sued on Friday by the largest U.S. trade group for meat packers and processors, which wants to block enforcement of a voter-approved measure requiring farmers to provide more space for animals being raised for food. The North American Meat Institute, whose members include processors such as Tyson Foods and retailers including […] Read more

Major veal processor launches new brand, non-GMO label

Reading Time: 2 minutes Quebec veal, lamb and beef processor Delimax-Montpak is set to launch a new consumer brand across Canada featuring what it bills as the only GMO-free milk-fed veal on the market. The company said Tuesday it expected to have the new brand — Fontaine Family, named for the company’s founding family — available via “most major […] Read more

More people are eating veal, but processing capacity is limiting Ontario producers from filling the demand.

Producers reluctant to sign on with verified veal program

Lack of Ontario-based federal processing capacity cited as factor limiting adoption of the program

Reading Time: 3 minutes Veal producers in Ontario are looking on as their counterparts in Quebec see gains in access to both domestic and international markets while their own ability to supply Ontario-raised meat to Ontario consumers continues to be hampered. “I agree, it is always nice to see a local product on a local shelf,” said Auburn-area producer […] Read more

Quebec veal processors merging

Reading Time: 2 minutes The bulk of Quebec’s veal processing capacity is forming up under one banner as Delimax-Montpak gets set to buy its rival Ecolait out of creditor protection. Delimax-Montpak Group announced Friday it has an agreement in principle to buy St-Hyacinthe-based Ecolait for total consideration of $50 million. Delimax-Montpak said Friday the deal “will allow the veal […] Read more

Quebec to halt ASRA for veal sector

Reading Time: 2 minutes Quebec’s farm finance and funding agency plans to remove the veal sector from the province’s ASRA income stabilization program starting next year. La Financiere agricole du Quebec (FADQ) announced Friday that its board had agreed to end ASRA (Assurance stabilisation des revenus agricoles) coverage for Quebec’s milk-fed veal calf operations, effective Jan. 1, 2016. Affected producers, after that […] Read more

Veal processor Ecolait to revive Charlevoix brand

Reading Time: 2 minutes Quebec veal producer and processor Ecolait has announced plans to pick up and redevelop a well known brand name in the sector. St. Hyacinthe-based Ecolait, which markets veal under the Vivo brand, said Friday it’s bought the Le Veau Charlevoix brand, for an undisclosed sum, “in order to relaunch it.” Le Veau Charlevoix, which began as […] Read more