What is Rosé Veal?
Rosé Veal is the official name for humanely raised calves used for meat in the UK. The meat comes from calves aged between 8-12 months. Veal farming has been heavily criticised due to cruel practices such as veal crates, poor diets and the slaughter of male calves. However, this has changed drastically in recent years.
A brief overview of veal farming
Traditional ‘white veal’ comes from calves aged between 6-8 months old. The white colour is caused by lack of iron in the milk substitute that calves are often fed. This leads to a multitude of health problems including digestive issues, anaemia and weakened immune systems.
Calves are also forced to live in veal crates to be transported from one place to the next, and sometimes can be standing for up to 18 hours at a time. These crates are small, narrow stalls that restrict their movements and their ability to socialise with other calves. These crates were banned in Europe in 2006, but are nonetheless used elsewhere in the world.
As male calves don’t produce milk, some are still slaughtered shortly after birth because there is little demand for them in the meat industry.
UK veal production today
Crates are banned in the UK, and calves must have access to a diet rich in fibre and iron, sufficient space to move freely and appropriate bedding.
Rosé Veal is certified humane by the RSPCA, but demand for it in the UK is still relatively low. We believe that increased demand for this meat can prevent male calves from being slaughtered so soon after birth.
We provide a selection of high quality Rosé Veal, which includes burgers, mince and pot roast. Shop for quality produce today and get it delivered straight to your door.
- Graig Farm