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The Pennsylvania Beef Council joined forces with Marcho Farms, Franconia, Pa., and the Beef Checkoff to host an educational farm tour on April 28.
Sixteen students and a chef instructor from the Philadelphia Art Institute's culinary program attended the one-day event, gaining a first-hand look at the veal industry, from farm gate to dinner plate.
After a barn tour and a visit to Marcho Farms headquarters, the students were led on a walking tour of Marcho's fabrication and slaughter facilities, where they learned about the quality assurance measures implemented during processing, from machine handling and sanitization to shipping and sales.
The day ended with an in-depth panel discussion and Q&A session hosted by industry experts including Wayne Marcho; Dr. Adnan Aydin, director of research and nutrition; Daryl Bernhard, Marcho Farms; Dean Conklin, director of the Checkoff's veal program; Beth Ann Mumford, American Veal Association; and Paul Slayton, executive director, Pennsylvania Beef Council.