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.

Veal Farmers of Ontario elects Executive for 2019

Guelph, Ontario, April 17, 2019 –The Veal Farmers of Ontario (VFO) is pleased to announce the re-election of Middlesex County veal producer Tom Kroesbergen Jr. as Chair and Pascal Bouilly (Cambridge) as Vice-Chair, at a recent meeting of the Board of Directors.

Kroesbergen was appointed to the VFO Board of Directors in 2015 and has served as Chair since 2018. Kroesbergen, alongside his family, operates Sunnydale Acres near Ailsa Craig, which has been home to their grain-fed veal business for over 26 years. In addition, the family cash crops, and runs both a broiler operation and beef feedlot.

“Looking forward in 2019, I know we will have some challenges ahead with pricing and bringing veal cattle to market, but there will also be opportunities which we can harness both as producers and as an organization,” says Kroesbergen. “Collecting licence fees from our members in order to continue to do the work we have set out to do in our strategic plan is both a privilege and a responsibility that we do not take lightly and one that we will not defer.”

Bouilly, the Dairy Calf Supply Chain Manager with Grober Nutrition, will enter his fourth year on the Board and his second as Vice-Chair. Bouilly is responsible for the started dairy calves program and provides technical support for their sales team.

“As Vice-Chair, I look forward to continuing to address the issues directly impacting dairy calf and veal producers with my fellow directors,” says Bouilly. “No other organization focuses on the dairy calf and finishing veal cattle the way we do, and we will strive to further strengthen our relationship with the dairy sector to reach our common calf care goals.”

Along with Kroesbergen and Bouilly, Cameron Knip was acclaimed to the VFO Board at the 2019 Annual General Meeting and Producer Education Day in Stratford, on March 6. Knip raises veal cattle south of Exeter; he also has a finishing barn for market hogs and cash crops with his family.

Knip fills the seat of Jim Millson, a dairy and veal producer from Enniskillen, who has retired from the board following completion of his term.

“We thank Jim for his service and dedication to the Ontario veal industry and will miss his words of encouragement from around the board table,” says Kroesbergen. “We look to Cameron to bring a fresh and business-focused perspective to our board discussions.”

Returning to the eight member VFO Board of Directors are Judy Dirksen, Joyce Feenstra, Brian Keunen, Phil Kroesbergen and Rita Maciukiewicz.

Back row: Joyce Feenstra, Brian Keunen, Cameron Knip, Phil Kroesbergen, Judy Dirksen

Front row: Pascal Bouilly, Tom Kroesbergen, Rita Maciukiewicz

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Annual VFO Board of Directors’ award winner announced

Guelph, ON, 26 March 2019 – The Veal Farmers of Ontario (VFO) was pleased to announce this year’s VFO Board of Directors’ Award winner at its recent Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Producer Education Day held at the Arden Park Hotel in Stratford on March 6, 2019.

The VFO Board of Director’s Award is presented to individuals or groups who have helped the VFO Board achieve its mandate. This year, Ms. Laurie Nicol was recognized for her dedication and service to the veal cattle industry over her 33-year career at the Ontario Independent Meat Processors (OIMP).

“We have truly appreciated working with Laurie on many projects to advance the veal industry over the years, including the successful Homegrown Ontario program,” says Jennifer Haley, executive director, VFO.

Nicol has been instrumental in dealing with several challenges and political issues that directly impacted veal production. Her commitment to ensuring our industry thrives and continuously improves is second to none.

“We thank Laurie for all that she has done for the veal sector and look forward to her continued support in her new appointment on the Ontario Beef Cattle Financial Protection Board,” says Tom Kroesbergen, Chair, VFO.

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.


License Fee Reminder 

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.

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