An economic evaluation of metabolic and cellular profile testing in calves to be raised in a feedlot.

Tim Carpenter, B. B. Norman

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The economic value of the metabolic and cellular profile test as a predictor of feedlot calves' performance was determined. The economic technique used in this evaluation was decision tree analysis. Results showed that in a case study evaluation such as this one, the metabolic and cellular profile test would not be recommended. Further, under the assumptions used, even if the test were perfected, the cost of the test should not exceed $2.79. The application of decision tree analysis demonstrated how questions concerning the economics of animal health issues may be formulated and solved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)72-75
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 1983
Externally publishedYes


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