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VEAL

Veal is meat from very young cattle (under 3 months of age).  Veal typically comes from dairy bull calves.

Veal is considered a by-product of the dairy industry.
Dairy cows must give birth once a year in order to continue to be milked. Female calves are usually kept to replace older cows or to expand the herd. Male calves become veal.

In 2002 American meat packers produced about 205 million pounds of veal.

Average Annual per Capita U.S. Veal Consumption
(by retail weight)

Year

Pounds

1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009

1.8
1.8
1.5
1.4
1.2
1.1
1.0
1.0
0.9
0.9
1.0
1.2
1.0
0.8
0.7
0.7
0.6
0.6
0.6
0.5
0.5
0.4
0.4
0.4
0.4

Source: USDA

 

 

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