Associations between Transport Distance and Weight Loss during Transit with Health Parameters in Feedlot Cattle
Keywords:BRD, bovine respiratory disease, feedlot, transportation, distance, shrink, weight loss
Bovine respiratory disease complex (BRD) is the most common disease of feedlot cattle. Most cattle are transported at least once during their lives and the physiologic changes associated with cattle transport stress are well documented. However, limited work exists evaluating how the risk of detrimental health outcomes changes based on the characteristics of the journey including distance cattle traveled or the weight loss in transit (shrink). The objective of this study was to determine potential associations between common measures of transportation (distance traveled (DTV)) and shrink (SHK) with feedlot health.