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The propensity of cattle to vocalise during handling and isolation is affected by phenotype

By J. M. Watts, J. M. Stookey

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We investigated whether phenotype affects vocal and behavioural responses of newly-weaned beef calves during handling situations, and whether vocal response differs between two types of handling situation. The phenotypic characteristic chosen was hair colour. Steers were classified into four groups, completely black animals (designated "Type 1A", N=121), black animals with white markings ("Type 1B", N=35), completely white animals ("Type 2A", N=114) and white-faced animals with some degree of tan or light brown body colouration ("Type 2B", N=37). In trial 1, vocalizations of all 307 steers were individually recorded for 1 minute, while each was restrained for ear-tagging, ear-implantation of a growth promotant, rectal temperature measurement, vaccination and placement of electrodes for subsequent heart rate measurement. The proportion of calves vocalizing was 36.2

Date 2001
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 74
Issue 2
Pages 81-95
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/S0168-1591(01)00163-0
Language English
Author Address Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Sask. S7N 5B4, Canada.
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal husbandry
  3. Animal physiology
  4. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  5. Calves
  6. Cattle
  7. Hair
  8. Heart rate
  9. Mammals
  10. peer-reviewed
  11. phenotypes
  12. restraint of animals
  13. Ruminants
  14. vocalizations
  1. peer-reviewed