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Short-term temperament tests in beef cattle relate to long-term measures of behavior recorded in the home pen

Authors: J.R.D. MacKay, S.P. Turner, J.Hyslop, J.M. Deag and M. J. Haskell.

Organization: American Society of Animal Science.

Summary: Handling temperament tests for beef cattle have been related to production traits, with calmer temperaments having greater growth rates. In most tests of temperament or personality, observation of the animal takes place over a short period of time, sometimes completed in a matter of minutes. This study investigated whether behavior observed in a temperament test was reflective of the steer’s behavior in the home pen.

Link: https://www.animalsciencepublications.org/publications/jas/articles/91/10/4917