Vanlommel selects and buys new-born calves (nukas) with a team of specialised professionals. With their expertise, they can perfectly assess the qualities that are needed to meet our customers’ diverse needs. In addition, Vanlommel also sells nukas.


Vanlommel is already considering its customers’ requirements when purchasing new-born calves. Vanlommel selects calves according to the desired type of veal. For these nukas as well, Vanlommel monitors the entire supply chain: trade, transport, reception and control. So, the traceability of each animal is optimal.


Nutrition, supervision, transport: Vanlommel tracks the calves closely. Thus, the monitoring process begins well before processing the veal.


The calves are kept at locations throughout Belgium and the Netherlands. For reasons of animal welfare during transport, the distance between the stables and the slaughterhouse is restricted. Thanks to this short distance between stables and slaughterhouse, the transport distance can be minimised and, consequently, the animals’ welfare is maximised.


Through the Vanlommel Information System, Vanlommel is able to follow the lifecycle of each animal. This system monitors the origin, feed and medication for each individual animal.
Vanlommel monitors the growth of each calf closely: every week, while the veal farmer is rearing the calves, he receives a visit from a Vanlommel supervisor (for advice on the animals’ health and nutrition). The supervisor observes to make sure that the animals receive the proper nutrition and that they are in optimal health. In addition, veterinarians also visit regularly to verify the condition of the animals.


Vanlommel itself transports its calves: first from the reception centre to the farm, and then from the farm to the slaughterhouse.


  • Own controls: checks on the quality of the feed and the water in the stables. Vanlommel also offers its customers the possibility to develop extra specifications.
  • BCV stands for Belgian Controlled Veal, the authority that monitors a series of extra-legal standards, such as controls on residues of unauthorised substances. The checks are conducted by independent inspectors, which means that BCV is responsible for a strict and watertight control system for Belgian veal. It’s noteworthy that Vanlommel is the first slaughterhouse to be BCV-certified. Incidentally, the Belgian Government recognises that the stricter standards of the BCV programme definitely add value in the areas of food safety and quality assurance. This is partly because the administrators and executors of the BCV programme exchange their audit results. On top of that, the AFSCA also ensures intensive controls and the collection of additional samples.