Tough choice

Ontario Veal Association pitches marketing board for industry, look at U.S. changes to veal housing standards.

Some U.S. packers now only accept calves from group pens.

The group pen versus individual pen argument is a catch-22 for the industry. Open group pens look better to the public than traditional individual calf huts.

However, European research has found calves raised in individuals pens tend to be healthier, with lower mortality and medication rates, than calves raised in groups pens, said Mr. Vermeire, a Phd in animal nutrition and past chair of the Joint Committee of the American Society of Animal Science and American Dairy Science Association.

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