Del Miles on Receiving Programs

January 12, 2016 11:18 AM

By: John Maday, editor, Bovine Veterinarian 

The first few days an animal spends in a feedlot are critical to their health and overall performance through the feeding period. Receiving protocols vary though, based on feedyard location, time of year and source and background of individual lots of cattle. Also, those protocols should evolve over time, to reflect what actually works, Del Miles, DVM, MS, with Veterinary Research & Consulting Services, LLC, told veterinarians during the recent Academy of Veterinary Consultants conference.

Miles stresses there is no set of products or protocols that are “best” for feedyards, while focusing on disease prevention and critical analysis of outcomes.

Rather than focusing on why antibiotics do not work in some cases, he emphasizes looking at why the animal’s immune system isn’t functioning. Some of those reasons could relate to how animals were managed prior to arrival in the feedyard, but receiving programs also play a role.



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