Interpretive Summary: Influence of handling in corrals on the temperament of different breeds of beef cattle raised in Brazil
By: Anielly de P Freitas, Maria Lúcia P Lima, Flávia F Simili, João A Negrão, Flavio S Schenkel, Claudia Cristina P de Paz
Some scientific studies have shown the negative effect of poor handling on the welfare and temperament of animals. Furthermore, there is evidence that more reactive cattle present the highest blood cortisol concentrations indicative of stress. In our study, the objective was to evaluate and quantify the temperament of animals from three different breeds of beef cattle in a stressful situation handled in the corrals. Differences in behavior between breeds and sexes were also analyzed. Through a statistical method, such as principal component analysis, we verified that exit and chute scores are better behavioral indicators of animal stress, allowing the development of sound management practices, especially when passing through the corrals.
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