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Effects of Grouping Feedlot Steers with a Range of Flight Speeds on Liveweight and Temperament Changes

Holroyd, R.G. and Petherick, J.C. and Venus, B.K. and Doogan, V.J. (2000) Effects of Grouping Feedlot Steers with a Range of Flight Speeds on Liveweight and Temperament Changes. In: Animal Production for a Consuming World. AAAP-ASAP Conference, 2nd - 7th July, Sydney, Australia.

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Abstract

Poor temperament cattle that are nervous and flighty do not perform as well in feedlots as good temperament cattle that are quiet and docile (Burrow and Dillon, 1997). There are contradictory anecdotal reports from industry about the effect of mixing cattle of different temperament on subsequent performance and temperament. Supposedly the presence of a few docile cattle in a feedlot pen-group will have a ‘calming’ effect on flighty pen-mates or the presence of a few flighty animals will ‘upset’ a group of quiet cattle.

These hypotheses were tested using data in the experiment described by Petherick et al. (2000) where cattle were grouped into feedlot pens of good temperament, poor temperament and mixed (some good and some poor) temperaments.

Animal production for a consuming world : proceedings of 9th Congress of the Asian-Australasian Association of Animal Production Societies [AAAP] and 23rd Biennial Conference of the Australian Society of Animal Production [ASAP] and 17th Annual Symposium of the University of Sydney, Dairy Research Foundation, [DRF]. 2-7 July 2000, Sydney, Australia.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:Reproduced with permission Australian Society of Animal Production [ASAP]. © AAAP 2000. Asian-Australasian Association of Animal Production and Australian Society of Animal Production.
Keywords:Cattle; Temperament; Feedlot.
Subjects:Animal culture > Feeds and feeding. Animal nutrition
Animal culture > Cattle
Deposited On:15 Mar 2005
Last Modified:13 Aug 2010 15:08

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