Relationship between reaction to sudden, intermittent movements and sounds and temperament
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Casual observations indicated that some cattle are more sensitive to sudden movement or intermittent sound than other cattle. Six commercial livestock auctions in two states and a total of 1,636 cattle were observed to assess the relationship between breed, gender, and temperament score on the response to sudden, intermittent visual and sound stimuli, such as the ringman swinging his arm for a bid and the sound of him briefly yelling a bid. A 4-pointtemperament score was used to score each animal while it was in the ring. The scores used were 1) walks and (or) stands still, with slow, smooth ...