Temperament and bruising of Bos indicus cross cattle

Fordyce, G. and Goddard, M. E. and Tyler, R. and Williams, G. and Toleman, M. A. (1985) Temperament and bruising of Bos indicus cross cattle. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, 25 (2). pp. 283-288. ISSN 0045-060X


This experiment investigated the temperaments of 232 Bos indicus cross steers and the relationship between temperament and bruising in bovine carcasses. The temperament of each animal was assessed while held in a race by rating the vigour of movement and the degree of
audible respiration when handled about the head and shoulders. These scores and scores for other behaviours were combined to form a temperament score for each animal. The five groups of steers used varied significantly in temperament (P< 0.01); this was considered to be primarily a function of their previous handling experience. There was a significant negative correlation between temperament score and liveweight (P < 0.0 1). In this group of relatively quiet steers no significant relationship between temperament and carcass bruising at slaughter was found.

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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Maths and Computing
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2010 00:01
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2013 02:36
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bos indicus cattle; temperament; bruising
Fields of Research : 06 Biological Sciences > 0608 Zoology > 060801 Animal Behaviour
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0702 Animal Production > 070202 Animal Growth and Development
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0702 Animal Production > 070201 Animal Breeding
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970107 Expanding Knowledge in the Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/5267

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