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Feedlot cattle with calm temperaments have higher average daily gains than cattle with excitable temperaments.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9110198     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study was conducted to assess the effect of temperament on the average daily gains of feedlot cattle. Cattle (292 steers and 144 heifers) were transported to Colorado feedlot facilities. Breeds studied included Braford (n = 177), Simmental x Red Angus (n = 92), Red Brangus (n = 70), Simbrah (n = 65), Angus (n = 18), and Tarentaise x Angus (n = 14). Cattle were temperament rated on a numerical scale (chute score) during routine weighing and processing. Data were separated into two groups based on breed, Brahman cross (> or = 25% Brahman) and nonBrahman breeding. Animals that had Brahman breeding had a higher mean temperament rating (3.45 +/- .09) or were more excitable than animals that had no Brahman influence (1.80 +/- .10); (P < .001). These data also show that heifers have a higher mean temperament rating than steers (P < .05). Temperament scores evaluated for each breed group also showed that increased temperament score resulted in decreased average daily gains (P < .05). These data show that cattle that were quieter and calmer during handling had greater average daily gains than cattle that became agitated during routine handling.
B D Voisinet; T Grandin; J D Tatum; S F O'Connor; J J Struthers
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of animal science     Volume:  75     ISSN:  0021-8812     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Anim. Sci.     Publication Date:  1997 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-06-27     Completed Date:  1997-06-27     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8003002     Medline TA:  J Anim Sci     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  892-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Animal Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins 80523-1171, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Body Temperature / physiology*
Cattle / genetics,  growth & development*,  physiology*
Sex Characteristics
Weight Gain / physiology*

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