Also commonly referred to as "Milk Fed, Formula Fed or Nature veal". This veal refers to calves fed a 'special' all-liquid diet of milk replacer formula. Originating in Holland, this raising system was brought to the US in the 1950's. Veal farmers typically raise Holstein bull calves, which are fed liquid whey, the by-product of cheese production. Calves are approximately 18-22 weeks of age and 400-500 lbs at live market weight, with a mild pink colored meat, with a firm and velvety texture.
Special-fed veal calves are raised in barns which provide protection from disease and predators. Traditionally, veal calves have been housed individually. Recently, more veal farmers have begun to raise calves together in groups, while continuing to provide for the individual care and well-being of each calf.