Below is a selection of questions and answers about the farm, its philosophy and its products. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the farm or R.O.S.E. You find the contact information on the 'Contact' page.
About our Veal Calves
Some of you may have noticed, either at Sunnivue or on the meat price list, that some cuts of veal are offered, and you may have wondered how come, since veal calves are generally very badly treated during their short lives. They are usually kept closely confined and not allowed to move or to eat strengthening food, so that their meat will remain pale in colour and tender.
But, as you might imagine, this is not true of veal calves at Sunnivue. They frolic in the pasture and enjoy themselves, even if this means that the meat is less conventional in appearance. Sunnivue possesses a few pens for the calves, but these are used only to tether the calves at feeding time and not to confine them. Furthermore, these calves are the young males who are born to Sunnivue cows, and who, since they cannot contribute to the dairy, would otherwise need to be sold and would not be so considerately treated elsewhere.
Do you offer tours of your farm and/or lectures about your organic practices?
One of the best ways to learn about the Farm is to come out on a Saturday while the Farm Store is open. It will be open each Saturday, 10:00-5:00, until and including December 16, 2006, and then will re-open next season on the first Saturday in June. Please introduce yourself to the farmers (Alex and Ellinor Nurnberg and Dagmar Seiboth) and the people staffing the store and they can show you around and answer any questions.
If you aren't able to make it on a Saturday, please feel free to phone the farm at 519-232-9096 and speak to one of the farmers. We don't usually have lectures about the organic methods but the farmers can speak to you about them. While you are there you may want to add your name to our mailing lists so as to receive information about events at the Farm.
Grass fed beef
Grass fed beef is a term which is slightly confusing because in a part of the world which is sporting 200 days of winter, year round pasturing is impossible. If we consider hay as being grass of some kind, it is almost possible, though.
Our animals are on pasture from May 1 until it gets nasty in fall (usually late October). Depending on weather conditions we may have to feed addional hay in a dry summer and we slip into winter feeding beginning late October. Winter feed consists of haylage and hay as a basis and some corn silage. Dairy cows get oats and barley according to their production.
Our calves are raised on whole milk for 120 days with forage steadily growing into the ration as milk decreases.