Veal Farmers of Ontario is seeking approval to use Metacam, a Boehringer Ingelheim pain reliever which curerently is not allowed for veal calves.
The veal association has received funding for a University of Guelph research project to determine the safety of using Metacam in grain-fed veal production.
Meloxicam is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is approved for use as an anti-inflammatory, antipyretic and analgesic (pain relief) in cattle.
Although it is not a label-approved product, it can be prescribed by veterinarians for off-label use for veal calves.
You have to wonder why taxpayers and the Veal Farmers of Ontario have to get involved in a project to help Boehringer Ingelheim sell its product.