BRD is the number one cause of disease and death in cattle.

What is BRD?

Bovine Respiratory Disease is a multi-factorial disease. Even though it has been studied extensively, it still remains the number one cause of disease and death in cattle. Globally, BRD costs the cattle industry billions of Euros every single year.

There are a number of anatomical reasons whey cattle have a higher predisposition for BRD:

  • Their large rumen, restricts the thoracic space and thus their total lung size
  • Their lungs are highly segmented
  • The bovine pleura is rather thick and less elastic

As a consequence, cattle only have 30% of the lung capacity of an equally sized horse.

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