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dc.contributor.authorWalkom, Samuelen
local.source.editorEditor(s): Susanne Hermesch & Sonja Dominiken
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-18T11:44:00Z
dc.date.issued2016en
dc.identifier.citationBreeding Focus 2016 - Improving Welfare, p. 29-44en
dc.identifier.isbn9781921597695en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/20471en
dc.description.abstractAnimals differ in their behavioural response to human interaction. Poor cattle temperament and the behavioural responses of cattle to handling by humans has been associated with losses in enterprise profitability. Breeders are able to improve the temperament and productivity of the herd by selecting on the cattle's behavioural response to human interaction. An increased focus on animal welfare and improved safety of handlers around cattle has brought forth a desire to breed cattle that are less fearful or stressed by human interactions, thus exhibiting a more docile temperament. The Australian beef industry uses docility score and flight time as selection traits to improve the temperament of the national herd. Both traits provide reliable and repeatable measures of temperament. The success of selection for docility in the Limousin breed has allowed seedstock breeders to produce a calmer tempered breed that was previously considered unmarketable due to being considered "stirry and difficult to manage". Genetic correlations for temperament traits with production traits are generally low and indicate that selection to improve temperament can occur without any significant negative impact on other economically important traits including growth, fat, muscle and reproduction. Selection on temperament will further improve the behavioural characteristics of cattle, improving animal welfare, whole farm productivity and handler safety.en
dc.languageenen
dc.publisherUniversity of New Englanden
dc.relation.ispartofBreeding Focus 2016 - Improving Welfareen
dc.relation.isversionof1en
dc.titleImproving the temperament of Australian cattle and implications for animal welfareen
dc.typeBook Chapteren
dc.subject.keywordsAnimal Breedingen
local.contributor.firstnameSamuelen
local.subject.for2008070201 Animal Breedingen
local.subject.seo2008830301 Beef Cattleen
local.profile.schoolAnimal Genetics and Breeding Uniten
local.profile.emailswalkom@une.edu.auen
local.output.categoryB1en
local.record.placeauen
local.record.institutionUniversity of New Englanden
local.identifier.epublicationsrecordune-20170330-144939en
local.publisher.placeArmidale, Australiaen
local.identifier.totalchapters10en
local.format.startpage29en
local.format.endpage44en
local.contributor.lastnameWalkomen
dc.identifier.staffune-id:swalkomen
local.profile.orcid0000-0002-2275-0318en
local.profile.roleauthoren
local.identifier.unepublicationidune:20668en
dc.identifier.academiclevelAcademicen
local.title.maintitleImproving the temperament of Australian cattle and implications for animal welfareen
local.output.categorydescriptionB1 Chapter in a Scholarly Booken
local.relation.urlhttp://agbu.une.edu.au/breedingfocus.htmlen
local.description.statisticsepubsVisitors: 17<br />Views: 19<br />Downloads: 0en
local.search.authorWalkom, Samuelen
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local.year.published2016en
local.subject.for2020300305 Animal reproduction and breedingen
local.subject.seo2020100401 Beef cattleen
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