The Real Veal Company was born in 2006, when Jon and Vicky Brown moved to Bocaddon, Vicky’s family farm in Cornwall. Vicky’s brother Rob had a dairy herd on the farm but, as often happens on dairy farms, most of the bull calves were unwanted and were being disposed of at birth. Jon and Vicky decided to try rearing some calves for veal – in the open air, with a varied diet – to see if they could establish a market for this misunderstood meat.
In 2008 Rob took on rearing the calves, allowing Jon and Vicky to concentrate on the preparation and selling of the meat. As well as rearing all of the bull calves from Bocaddon for veal, we were also able to make use of unwanted calves from nearby farms. We built a butchery unit on the farm in order to have more control over the finished product, and continued expanding slowly, picking up multiple awards and plaudits for our fantastic meat.
In 2010 our lives and business were turned upside-down when Rob was killed in an accident. With no-one able to take on Rob’s enormous work-load on the farm, the dairy herd was eventually dispersed, and the last of the Bocaddon veal calves were slaughtered in summer 2011. Jon and Vicky decided to continue the work that had been started with the veal business, and we found a local farmer, Darrin Hooper, to rear calves for us to our specifications on his farm at nearby Tideford.
The philosophy of our business remains exactly the same as ever – Cornish dairy bull calves given a decent life, to produce a high quality, ethical meat, all cut and prepared in our farm butchery at Bocaddon.