Veal Company to Turn Calves Loose

Following Smithfield's announcement of a move away from gestation crates, one of the nation's largest veal producers will no longer tether its calves.

One of the nation's largest veal producers says it will eliminate tethering of its formula-fed veal calves. The announcement comes on the heels of Smithfield's announcement last week that it will begin moving away from the use of gestation crates for its pigs.

Marcho Farms, an integrated veal company based in Harleysville, Pa., already has thousands of calves on the new program and plans to convert its remaining farms over the next few years.

"We are confident that leading this change in production practices will help to dispel the myths associated with veal," company founder Wayne Marcho says.

The loose calves will have space to turn around, lie down and interact. Once calves are out of the starting stage and into the growing cycle, they are co-mingled in a loose-housing environment that continues to allow space for the animals.


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