Recent research has demonstrated the value of cattle with calm temperaments and the price producers pay for keeping wilder animals in their herds.
A five-year Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station study found that cows with poor temperaments can affect the entire herd and reduce producers’ bottom lines.
Rhonda Vann, MAFES associate research professor in Mississippi State University’s Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences, led the study in Raymond at the Brown Loam Branch Experiment Station.
“We suggest that producers evaluate their herds and the cattle they buy,” Vann says. “You don’t want a cow or steer that’s unreceptive, but one that’s a bit more docile. They are going to have less sickness, gain weight better, do better in pastures and be more productive for the producer throughout their entire life span.”
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Here are links to a pair of BEEF stories by Temple Grandin on scoring temperament: