Shorthorn Beef have begun collecting temperament data for the purpose of creating a Docility EBV for the Shorthorn breed.
Collecting data is best done at weaning before too much handling has impacted on the animals natural temperament. The process is recorded on farm and by the breeder and requires no extra equipment and there is no cost involved. Whilst some may see it as just one more trait for breeders to measure, few traits have a greater impact on the profitability of breeders, feedlotters and processors. As a single trait measurement it is also one of the easiest traits to measure and report and it has similar heritability to growth traits in cattle.
Cattle are given a score from 1 to 5 with 1 being docile and 5 being aggressive.
A detailed understanding of how to measure temperament is available in the following link. Breeders should download these descriptions before they begin taking scores.
For details on collecting the Temperament scores please follow the link here.
To download forms for collecting Temperament scores please use the link here.