Better performance of beef cattle during receiving period
The receiving period, which on average covers the first 30 days of arrival in the feedlot, is insufficient time for cattle to acclimatise to the feedlot and to the high-energy diet.
This places animals under high stress and exposes them to health problems. Calves are being transported, grouped, dewormed, vaccinated and transitioned from a high fibre diet to a high energy feed. Receiving calves are subjected to the highest risk of Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD), a major health problem in feedlots, potentially reducing weight gain by an average of 190g/day for the entire finishing period. A successful transition is key to good overall productivity and health throughout the entire finishing period, helping to reduce the use of antibiotics which are a major global health concern.