Consumer demands for more natural production approaches and pressure from all sides for reduced antimicrobials means veal producers and their veterinarians have to work harder than ever to maintain high health status. And although a recent University of Guelph study of 1,000 Canadian dairy farms shows that the majority of veal farmers are treating their herds humanely, there is still room for improvement. Specifically, the research found some farms are lacking in terms of colostrum management, nutrition (feeding male and female calves equally), and proactive veterinary conversations on calf health.

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