Responsible transportation of calves

Together with our stakeholders, the VanDrie Group believes it is very important that calves are handled with due care and attention. This is especially important if they have to be transported over long distances. We demand this from our transporters. Calves must be transported in a responsible manner.

We transport many calves using Comfort Class trucks. These trucks are fitted with air conditioning that can be tailored to young animals. The trucks have extra suspension and draughts are excluded. There is straw on the ground so that the calves can lie down comfortably, and the trucks are lit on the inside so that the calves can see one another. The calves can also drink during transport. 

Long-distance transport carries a certain risk of the transmission of animal diseases. The veal industry has acknowledged this for a long time and focuses fully on risk management. The GTSKV quality system (SKV Veal Calf Tracing Guarantee System) makes it possible to trace all imported calves during the entire transport process. Tracing during all stages of the transport is of the utmost importance in the event of an outbreak of an infectious animal disease.

The GTSKV system specifies various strict conditions relating to the hygiene of transport means, quarantine times at the veal farms, welfare requirements at collection centres and prior notification of transport movements. If the GTSKV conditions are not met, a fine may be imposed per transport means or vehicle.

The veal industry also continually monitors the various developments in the European member states. The veal industry imposes its own preventive measures in the event of animal diseases or the risk of such diseases. Measures include channelling arrangements and import bans. 

Everything is done to guarantee welfare and safety.