Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/10167
Title: GNSS monitoring of temperament variations in cattle
Contributor(s): Williams, Lauren (author); Bush, Russel (author); Trotter, Mark  (author); Cronin, Greg (author)
Publication Date: 2010
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/10167
Abstract: Research on the measurement of temperament in beef cattle is becoming increasingly popular. Phillips (2002) described temperament as "a major parameter in the 'personality' or mood of cattle in relation to their reaction to man". Some studies have shown that animals with 'poor' temperament have lower weight gain than calmer animals under both pasture and feedlot conditions. Furthermore, there is some evidence that 'good' temperament in cattle is genetically correlated with better meat quality (improved tenderness) and less carcass bruising. Temperament therefore, may have value as a predictor of growth and meat quality in beef cattle and could be integrated in the selection criteria for superior animals for breeding. However, while yard tests may predict temperament in cattle, a criticism of the tests is that they measure agitation and fear in response to human handling and yard experiences. One concern therefore, is that these temperament characteristics may not be relevant to production capability of cattle in the paddock. This experiment aimed to compare the effects of temperament, determined in yard tests, on cattle behaviour in the paddock. Behaviour was measured using two remote sensing devices (GNSS neck collars and a motion sensor attached to the rear leg) and direct observation. The effect of wearing the sensing devices on behaviour was assessed by comparing behaviour of animals with and without the devices over 6 weeks.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: 1st Australian and New Zealand Spatially Enabled Livestock Management Symposium, Armidale, Australia, 15th July, 2010
Conference Details: 1st Australian and New Zealand Spatially Enabled Livestock Management Symposium, Armidale, Australia, 15th July, 2010
Source of Publication: Proceedings of the 1st Australian and New Zealand Spatially Enabled Livestock Management Symposium, p. 3-3
Publisher: Precision Agriculture Research Group, University of New England
Place of Publication: Armidale, Australia
Field of Research (FOR): 070104 Agricultural Spatial Analysis and Modelling
HERDC Category Description: E3 Extract of Scholarly Conference Publication
Other Links: http://www.une.edu.au/parg/documents/proceedings_selm_1.pdf
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