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Veal is classified as a female or male bovine with no evidence of adult incisor (front) teeth. Cattle generally start to grow their adult front teeth from about 12 months.

A veal carcase weight starts at 70kg and must not exceed 150kg. All meat must show youthfulness and be of the veal colour range as per AUS-MEAT standards.

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Veal is very lean because it is derived from young animals that have had little time to lay down fat cover.

Similarly, veal is tender because it has not had the chance to fully develop muscles and connective tissue associated with older cattle. Veal has a sweet and delicate flavour.