USDA Classifications of Veal:

Veal, “Bob”

  • About 15% of veal calves. Harvested from days old, up to three weeks of age or approximately 150 pounds. Primary Source: Holstein bull calf
Veal, “Special Fed or Formula Fed”

  • “Special fed or formula‐fed.” Calves are raised until approximately 16 to 18 weeks of age, weighing up to 450 pounds. Primary Source: Holstein bull calf

  • Housed in specially designed facilities that typically include single‐calf stalls or crates.

  • Recently, some growers have converted to a more humane and compassionate pen raising method. This is referred to as “group‐raised”.

  • Diet consists primarily of a whey‐based liquid milk replacer.
Veal,” Grain Fed”:

  • “Grain fed” calves are typically raised on a liquid whey‐formula until 6‐ 8 weeks of age.

  • Then move to outdoor pen or group facilities and fed a diet of grain and forage.

  • Harvested at approximately. 16‐18 weeks and 450 pounds
Veal, “Pasture Raised”:

  • Defined January 2008

  • Calves are born and raised in an open pastures. Calves are free to roam, never tethered or confined.

    Diet consists of mother’s milk and natural grass pasture and forages.

  • Primary source: varies upon producer, may include heritage beef or dairy breeds.
Note: Classifications of veal source: FSIS, Glossary V