Temperament can be an indicator of feedlot performance and carcass merit in beef cattle

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dc.contributor.author Bates, Kerri E.
dc.contributor.author Weaber, Robert L.
dc.contributor.author Bormann, Jennifer M.
dc.contributor.author Moser, Daniel W.
dc.contributor.author Salak-Johnson, J. L.
dc.contributor.author Chase, C. C. L.
dc.contributor.author Peel, R. K.
dc.contributor.author Van Campen, H.
dc.contributor.author Loneragan, G. H.
dc.contributor.author Wagner, J. J.
dc.contributor.author Bodhireddy, P.
dc.contributor.author Prayaga, K.
dc.contributor.author Enns, R. M.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-05-16T21:32:40Z
dc.date.available 2014-05-16T21:32:40Z
dc.date.issued 2014-05-16
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/17772
dc.description.abstract Cattle producers historically have selected for docile temperaments simply for management convenience because calmer animals are conducive to safe environments for their peers as well as their handlers. As many producers would acknowledge, however, there seems to be a relationship between temperament and cattle health, and calmer cattle tend to frequent the working chute for treatment of disease less often. Positive correlations have been found in cattle between temperament traits (chute scores, pen scores, and chute exit velocities) and cortisol concentration in the blood, suggesting that more excitable cattle are easily stressed (Curley et al., 2006; Cooke et al., 2009). Curley et al. (2007) also found that easily excitable animals sustain elevated cortisol concentrations for a longer duration and have greater pituitary and adrenal responses following a stressor than calm cattle. Temperamental cattle have significantly higher mean temperament responses at all points (Oliphint, 2006). Higher basal serum cortisol concentrations may suggest that easily excitable cattle are chronically stressed (Curley et al., 2007), possibly resulting in a compromised immune system, illness, and decreased fat and protein deposition. This study was conducted to further investigate the relationships between cattle temperament (measured by chute score and exit velocity), immunological factors, and a range of economically relevant performance traits. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Cattlemen’s Day, 2014 en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station contribution; no. 14-262-S en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Report of progress (Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service); 1101 en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Beef Cattle Research, 2014 is known as Cattlemen’s Day, 2014 en_US
dc.subject Beef en_US
dc.subject Temperment en_US
dc.subject Cortisol en_US
dc.subject Carcass traits en_US
dc.title Temperament can be an indicator of feedlot performance and carcass merit in beef cattle en_US
dc.type Conference paper en_US
dc.date.published 2014 en_US
dc.citation.epage 38 en_US
dc.citation.spage 34 en_US
dc.description.conference Cattlemen's Day, 2014, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, March 7, 2014 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid bweaber en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid jbormann en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid dmoser en_US

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