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Anim Health Res Rev. 2009 Dec;10(2):105-8. doi: 10.1017/S1466252309990107.

North American cattle marketing and bovine respiratory disease (BRD).

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  • 1Veterinary Research and Consulting Services, LLC, Stillwater, OK 74075, USA.


The risk of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) has a significant effect on the value of cattle in the marketplace. Calves sold in larger groups have $6.37/45.45 kg more value than those sold as singles or in small groups. Morbidity is higher in unweaned commingled calves than those marketed in groups more than 45 days following weaning. Calves with an aggressive disposition have significantly less value than docile calves, due largely to depressed performance and less carcass value. The value of cattle in the marketplace can be improved by offering larger, uniform lots of cattle that have been weaned at least 45 days. Cattle that suffer BRD in the feedlot have from $23.23 to $151.18 less value than those remaining healthy.

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