Temperament Scoring


IMG_6113_1Futurity Shorthorns are amongst Shorthorn breeders who have begun collecting temperament phenotypes to be used for the development of a Shorthorn Docility EBV.

Shorthorns have always enjoyed an excellent reputation for temperament, however with the ageing farming population and ever-rising costs, maintaining that reputation has never been more important.

Here is a link to a video from Futurity Shorthorns whilst they collect temperament scores which will demonstrate how easy it is.

Futurity Shorthorns Collecting Temperament Scores

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.

Understanding Docility EBVs

To download forms for collecting Temperament scores please use the link here.

Temperament Form

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About Shorthorn

The Shorthorn breed is truly unique, from their distinctive roan colour, to their rich breed history and most importantly, the wonderful community of breeders, there is nothing else quite like a Shorthorn.

The key to the Shorthorn breeds advantage lies in their balanced genetic profile, driven by market participation that has been developed and refined, after more than 200 years of genetic selection under Australian conditions.

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