Beef production is split into two main areas: breeding and fattening. There can be a substantial distance between the two kinds of farms and weaned calves may sometimes need to be transported for thousands of miles. This transportation, and the subsequent receiving period, is critical to the success, or failure, of fattening and herd profitability. Animals are highly stressed during transport and they are regrouped into new social groups, handled, vaccinated and dewormed on arrival, causing additional stress.
Good health and growth, as well as optimal FCR, are key to profitability during the fattening stage.