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Feeding behavior and temperament are considerations of a cattle management plan because they can impact growth rate (Cooke et al., 2020). By extension, behavior may also affect carcass composition and yield (Mao et al., 2013; Reichhardt et al., 2021). A recent study examined the phenotypic and genetic contributions of feeding behavior on carcass merit (Kelly et al., 2021). Results indicate that selection for improved carcass weight and fat deposition can indirectly affect feeding behavior. The authors suggest that both traits should be considered in a multi-trait selection index to offset the negative aspects of unwanted behavior.

Phenotypic and genetic associations between feeding behavior and carcass merit

Credit: Journal of Animal Science, Volume 99, Issue 12, December 2021, skab317, https://doi.org/10.1093/jas/

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Description: Feeding behavior and temperament are considerations of a cattle management plan because they can impact growth rate (Cooke et al., 2020). By extension, behavior may also affect carcass composition and yield (Mao et al., 2013; Reichhardt et al., 2021). A recent study examined the phenotypic and genetic contributions of feeding behavior on carcass merit (Kelly et al., 2021). Results indicate that selection for improved carcass weight and fat deposition can indirectly affect feeding behavior. The authors suggest that both traits should be considered in a multi-trait selection index to offset the negative aspects of unwanted behavior.

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