New 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.

For more information contact:
Jennifer Haley, Executive Director
519-824-2942

Tom Kroesbergen, Chair
519-494-1468

VFO news release 03.04.18

Veal Farmers of Ontario Board of Directors: CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

The Veal Farmers of Ontario (VFO) Board of Directors is seeking interested veal producers to get involved in their organization.  Your input into the future direction of the organization is vital to maintaining a strong and active voice for the VFO.  All voting producer members of VFO, with their membership in good standing, are eligible for nomination.  VFO Board members are provided a meeting per diem of $250/day and reimbursement for travel expenses. Directors actively participate in approximately 6-8 Board meetings per year (in person and conference calls) held at our offices in Guelph.  Directors work on behalf of the Ontario dairy calf/veal sectors on projects, issues and initiatives that benefit the membership of the organization.

Interested candidates must complete a self-nomination form and submit by no later than February 16, 2018 for review by the Nominating Committee.  There will be no nominations from the floor accepted.  Elections, if required, will take place at the VFO Annual General Meeting on Wednesday March 7, 2018.

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New Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Veal Cattle Released

The Canadian Veal Association (CVA) and the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) are pleased to announce the release of the revised Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Veal Cattle.

Canada’s Codes of Practice are nationally developed guidelines for the care and handling of farm animals. They serve as the foundation for ensuring that farm animals are cared for using sound management and welfare practices that promote animal health and well-being. Codes are used as educational tools, reference materials for regulations, and the foundation for industry animal care assessment programs.

“The Canadian Veal Association is pleased to have an updated and revised Code that will support the sustainability of the Canadian veal cattle industry and the success of our producers,” states Bob Wynands, veal producer, President of CVA, and Chair of the Code Development Committee. “Our industry’s participation and leadership in the Code development process demonstrates our producers continued commitment to animal health and welfare, and dedication to responsible animal husbandry.”

Wynands added that “this Code also represents a true collaboration of industry partners and stakeholders where all voices and opinions were shared at the Development Committee in order to develop a Code that truly has the support of all involved. I am very proud of the Code that has been the result of the hard work, dedication and focused efforts of all committee members.”

NFACC’s Code development process is a uniquely consensus-based, multi-stakeholder approach that ensures credibility and transparency through scientific rigour, stakeholder collaboration, and consistency. Updates to the Veal Cattle Code were led by a 17-person Code committee comprised of veal producers, animal welfare and enforcement representatives, researchers, veterinarians and government representatives. Aiding in their work was a four[MC1] -person Scientific Committee that included research and veterinary expertise in veal cattle behaviour, health and welfare. A public comment period was held in the winter of 2016 to allow the public and all stakeholders to provide input.

Canada’s Codes of Practice are a powerful tool for meeting rising consumer, marketplace and societal expectations relative to farm animal welfare. Codes support responsible animal care practices and keep everyone involved in farm animal care and handling on the same page.

“The new Code provides updated standards for the welfare of veal calves in Canada,” said Dr. Jeffrey Rushen, who represents the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies on the Code Committee. “The recommendations are science-informed and will evolve the welfare practices of the veal industry to better meet the needs of the animals.”

The Veal Cattle Code is the eleventh Code of Practice updated through NFACC’s Code development process. For more information on the Codes of Practice and NFACC’s Code development process visit www.nfacc.ca.

Click here for official news release.

Click here for a copy of the new Code of Practice.

Funding for this project has been provided through the AgriMarketing Program under Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.