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Any of various viral or bacterial diseases contracted by cattle and other ruminants especially during shipping or similarly stressful situations, characterized by fever, lack of appetite, and coughing.
1. movement of any livestock to packing plant or feedlot; usually refers to long distance transport by rail.
2. slang phrase for sale to market or packing plant for immediate slaughter. The choice for the outcome in a damaged animal may be to treat or ship.