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.
VFO submits pre-budget consultation document
The VFO recently submitted its pre-budget consultation document to Ontario’s Finance Minister Fedeli. Together with our livestock industry partners, VFO appreciates the government’s commitment to the RMP and we believe that the continued investment in the RMP program is a top priority. Risk management programs must be predictable, bankable and timely. They also need to be free of unnecessary red tape and administration. The RMP was designed by farmers for farmers to achieve those goals and VFO is committed to working with the Ontario government to ensure taxpayers and farmers continue to receive value from the investment made in the RMP. Investment in this program will ensure the program works for farmers while making a significant contribution to Ontario’s rural Ontario economy.
Funding announced for new veal cattle research project
VFO Partnering with University of Guelph on meloxicam depletion study
Veal Farmers of Ontario (VFO) is pleased to announce the recent approval of funding for a new research project that will see the organization partner with the University of Guelph on a study related to safe use of a pain relief and anti-inflammatory medication with dairy calves for grain-fed veal production.
This study of the use of meloxicam will receive funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership) under the Animal Health-Applied Research, Pilot Projects and Demonstrations project category. Meloxicam is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is approved for use as an anti-inflammatory, antipyretic and analgesic (pain relief) in cattle in Canada and marketed as Metacam™ by Boehringer Ingelheim.
“We want to ensure the best care for our animals. This project will give us insight into managing their health needs and minimizing risks to food safety. Through the Partnership, our government is pleased to support such important research to benefit animal welfare,” said Ernie Hardeman, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
Currently, meloxicam’s product label carries a warning “not to use in veal calves” as a withdrawal interval (i.e. time after last treatment with drug before the animal may be safely processed for food) has not been established in pre-ruminating calves. Therefore, the use of meloxicam in veal cattle is considered “extra label.”
The primary goal of the project is to establish a withdrawal interval for veal cattle.
In order to assist those who have not yet remitted their dairy bob calves purchases from private treaty or dealer sales VFO mailed out a Monthly License Fee Remittance Worksheet to assist in calculating remittances from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019.
Please take the time to fill that worksheet out if you are not currently remitting on a regular basis. As a reminder, Regulation 58/15 (i) requires any person who receives veal cattle to deduct the money payable for the veal cattle any license fees payable to the local board by the person from whom the veal cattle is received and to forward the license fees to the local board. (“Bob calves” are considered veal cattle).
If you have not already sent in your Form 1 identifying you as a veal producer please do so. They can be emailed, faxed or sent by regular mail to the office.
If you require additional assistance with remittance, please contact the office.