Latest costings from the English Beef and Lamb Executive show that the vast majority of the 250,000 bobby calves
likely to be lost to the food chain next year are perfectly capable of generating 2005 gross margins of over pounds 80/head.
Sinclair feels at least some of this gap could be closed if farmers take some of the 300-350,000 bobby calves
that would normally be due for a premature chop and fatten them up either as steers or young bulls.
Rose veal is seen as offering a potential lifeline to dairy farmers whose bobby calves
have little financial value by offering a system of veal production more welfare friendly than the intensive systems used on the continent to produce white veal.