Redesigning veal calve production systems

The objective of this project is to contribute to sustainable development of the sector. The direct goal is to give direction and to elicit initiatives permitting social learning for sustainable development.

In the Netherlands, 1.4 million veal calves are slaughtered annually. About half of the calves are imported and 80% of the meat is exported to southern Europe. During the past decennia, the sector has made adjustments as to animal housing, nutrition, minimum level of hemoglobin to improve animal welfare, animal health and to reduce environmental impact. In addition, communication with the public is supported by websites and quality labels. Despite the efforts made by  the veal calf industry, room is left for further improvement of the overall sustainability.


Products  of this project include:

  1. systems analysis to indentify  weird links as to sustainability
  2. briefs of requirements for the veal calf, farmer and citizen/consumer
  3. briefs of requirements for the environment based on ecosystem services and cradle to cradle approaches
  4. networks of actors involved in the quest for sustainability
  5. a brochure with a design/vision, that  gives direction to future developments of the  sector
  6. a limited number of actors committed to develop parts of the design/vision in practice.  


Visieproject Vleeskalverhouderij, 2003

Toekomstvisie voor een duurzame vleeskalverhouderij, Wageningen-UR, ISBN 90 6754 693 3  

Chain management of veal calf welfare

Final report EU-project FIAR 3 PL96-2049.  

Stand van zaken vleeskalverhouderij in Nederland

Actuele ontwikkeling van bedrijfsresultaten en inkomens in 2006. C.J.A.M. de en A. van der Knijff. Den Haag, LEI, 2006, Rapport 1.06.04