About Le Québécois

Le Québécois Grain-fed Veal is The Future of Veal. Here's why…

No Added Growth Hormones

Le Québécois grain-fed veal is never given growth hormones.

No Added Antibiotics

Le Québécois grain-fed veal is never given antibiotics as a growth or preventative tool.

Natural Diet

Le Québécois calves are raised on a natural diet of corn, whole grains, milk-formula, and fresh water. This diet gives Le Québécois Grain-fed veal a pure and natural taste.

Humanely Raised

Le Québécois farmers follow a strict animal welfare code. Their calves are raised in multi-animal corrals with excellent air circulation, natural sunlight and temperature control. The Le Québécois program is inspired by the European Five Freedoms.

Freedom from Hunger or Thirst

Le Québécois calves eat well! Their diet consists of natural foods that promote growth, strength, and good health. The mixture of corn, other healthy grains, milk, and unlimited fresh water promotes natural digestion and ruminant behavior.

Freedom from Discomfort

Le Québécois calves socialize with adequate space, move freely, and groom themselves in their multi-animal corrals. Le Québécois barns provide constant air circulation while maintaining a comfortable temperature. The barns utilize natural sunlight through large windows, a feature that promotes natural behavior and well being.

Freedom from Pain, Injury & Disease

Le Québécois farmers make stress-minimization their top priority by adhering to a strict production and welfare code. Le Québécois barns and feeding programs are meticulously designed to diminish stress and discomfort for the calves.

Freedom to Express Normal Behavior

The Le Québécois feeding program allows calves to naturally develop their rumen and express their natural cud-chewing instinct. The multi-calf corrals allow for social interaction and freedom of movement.

Freedom from Fear & Distress

The Le Québécois program meets handling and welfare requirements of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Those requirements provide the protocol for humane conduct that promotes the safety, health, and well-being of the calves at every point of the growth cycle.

Traceability

The Le Québécois Veal traceability program tracks each calf's movement from birth at the dairy to the retailer or restaurant.

From the Farm to the Table
Calves wear an electronic button and a bar-coded ear tag from birth through all stages of production. The animal's identification number corresponds to the final boxed product.

Ensuring Quality
Traceability technology allows Le Québécois' producers to monitor the movement of its products up or down the production and distribution network. The goal of traceability is to provide its customers with confidence and to ensure that the veal is of the highest quality.

Agri-Traceabilité Québec
Agri-Traceabilité Québec is an agency funded by the Québec government to ensure that tracking standards and protocol are followed. This agency oversees the use of computer technology and bar-coding to ensure complete tracking accuracy.

Sustainability

Sustainable Agriculture involves…
…the successful management of agricultural resources to satisfy human needs while maintaining or enhancing environmental quality and conserving natural resources for future generations.

Le Québécois Veal farmers are committed…
…to sustainably managing the soil and water upon which their livelihood depends. The small farming families that raise Le Québécois calves depend on the land that they are intimately connected to.

Québec's Environment Ministry…
…takes environmental responsibility very seriously through strict laws and regulations such as the Environmental Quality Act. The Le Québécois Veal program also adheres to the strict regulations of the Environment Ministry as well as the guidelines of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Strict regulations are followed…
…to maintain responsible ecological practices regarding livestock husbandry, soil and water management, waste management, and the elimination of chemical and mineral surpluses. Le Québécois farmers adhere to stringent government regulations that prevent animal waste from contaminating ground water or the local ecosystem.