Following last week's news that Smithfield is moving to group housing for its sows, one of the largest U.S. veal producers says it is changing the way it raises its animals.

According to a report on,, the new housing system of Harleysville, Pa.-based Marcho Farms, an integrated veal company that produces and distributes formula-fed veal calves, will eliminate confinement of animals via tethering.

The loose calves will have space to turn around, lie down and interact. Once calves are out of the starting stage and into the growing cycle, they are co-mingled in a loose-housing environment that continues to allow space for the animals.

"We are confident that leading this change in production practices will help to dispel the myths associated with veal," said company founder Wayne Marcho.

Marcho Farms already has thousands of calves on this new program and plans to convert remaining farms in the next several years, the article said.