Veal Farmers of Ontario (VFO) is a producer-run organization dedicated to promoting and enhancing a viable and competitive Ontario veal industry through innovation, marketing, advocacy and education.
2018 Healthy Calf Conference Sponsorship
Furthering knowledge and education in calf management is a top priority for Veal Farmers of Ontario (VFO). VFO’s core focus on calf care promotes viable dairy, veal, and dairy-beef industries. VFO is once again organizing the Building the Foundation: Dairy and Veal Healthy Calf Conference, the eighth biennial event which marks sixteen years in healthy calf promotion. This year’s agenda boasts an impressive program with some of the most respected experts in the field of calf management. As part of this exciting event, we will once again be hosting the popular Vet Night, an educational and networking opportunity designed exclusively for bovine veterinarians.
Healthy Calf Conference (HCC) and Vet Night bring together the dairy, veal, and dairy-beef industries to discuss some of the challenges in calf raising to find solutions for raising strong, healthy calves. The HCC has a strong following among calf raisers in Ontario, with our last conference in 2016 garnering positive reviews from our 350 attendees. With the excitement already building for this year’s event, the 2018 conference is an event you don’t want to miss. Being involved provides the opportunity to ensure that your company reaches the most progressive and engaged dairy, veal, and dairy-beef producers in Ontario.
HCC will once again be hosted in two locations to reach the maximum number of Ontario producers. This year, HCC is on Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 in Stratford, Ontario and Thursday, November 29th, 2018 in Maxville, Ontario. Each event will run from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. Vet Night is 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm in Stratford on November 26th, 2018. Title, Platinum, and Gold level sponsors are invited to attend this exclusive evening to network with top bovine veterinarians.
To keep costs feasible for producers, the cost of attending the conference has not increased this year. This ensures that our sponsors are able to reach a large audience. Sponsors are key to the success of HCC and help make the conference a top learning and networking opportunity for calf-raisers. HCC is the premier opportunity to share your company’s innovative calf care solutions with this receptive market.
to reserve your spot. Payment can be made by cheque or credit card. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your company’s participation further, please feel free to contact the office.
Finalists revealed in the search for Ontario’s Best Veal Sandwich 2018
Following months of searching, Veal Farmers of Ontario (VFO) is one-step closer to choosing Ontario’s Best Veal Sandwich 2018. This year’s competition has been so intense that four finalists instead of three will compete in the last round of judging on June 23rd at Toronto’s historic St. Lawrence Market.
This year’s finalists are:
– Nostra Cuccina of Kitchener, ON
– Kantene of Mississauga, ON
– Paninoteca of Hamilton, ON
– Mettawas Station Mediterranean Restaurant of Kingsville, ON
The exclusive event will be judged by comedian and host of the Food Network TV show, You Gotta Eat Here, John Catucci, grilling aficionado and cookbook author, Ted Reader, National Post sports writer Steve Simmons, executive director of Veal Farmers of Ontario, Jennifer Haley and “guest-judge” contest winner Tracy Luker of Hamilton, ON, who won her place at the table in an online contest through OntarioVealAppeal.ca!
We wish all the competitors the best of luck!
Nostra Cuccina's entry
Mettawas Station's sandwhich
New 2018 executive elected for Veal Farmers of Ontario
GUELPH, ON– At a recent meeting of the Veal Farmers of Ontario (VFO) Board of Directors, Tom Kroesbergen Jr. was elected to the position of Chair while Pascal Bouilly was elected as Vice Chair. A board member since 2015 when the VFO was formed, Tom and his brothers Bob and Steve, along with their families, operate Sunnydale Acres near Ailsa Craig. The Kroesbergen family have been raising grainfed veal full time for over 25 years. The family also cash crops, finish beef cattle and have a broiler operation.
“As VFO Chair I am looking forward to the coming year as we focus in our core business to address the issues directly impacting dairy calf and veal producers” stated Kroesbergen. “We have a busy agenda in trying to finalize the VFO Regulations review work with the Commission, collaborations with the Canadian Veal Association, research and projects supporting healthy dairy calves and our search for Ontario’s Best Veal Sandwich to name a few”.
Pascal has been a VFO board member since 2015, and prior to that served on the board of the Ontario Veal Association. Pascal is the Dairy Calf Supply Chain Manager with Grober Nutrition based out of Cambridge. In his current role Pascal is responsible for the development of the started dairy calves program at Grober as well as providing technical support for the Grober Sales Team.
“While I am new to a VFO Executive position, I look forward to sharing my experiences and insight working in the industry” stated Bouilly. “I am also looking forward to learning from my colleagues in both the veal and dairy sector, my goal being to further strengthen the relationship between these two sectors” added Bouilly.
Re-elected to the 8 member VFO Board of Directors were Judy Dirksen, Rita Maciukiewicz, Joyce Feenstra and Phillip Kroesbergen. The Veal Farmers of Ontario provides leadership to promote industry growth and viability through collaboration, innovation, marketing and education.