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Researcher to use feedlot cattle temperament as an indicator of disease resilience

By: RealAgriculture Livestock Team

June 17, 2021

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Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan have been awarded nearly $5.7 million in grants that will support 32 wide-ranging projects.

Included in the project list is a study on cattle temperament that’s worth $152,500, titled “Development of a chute-side test to use feedlot cattle temperament as an indicator of disease resilience.”

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Dr. Diego Moya, Western College of Veterinary Medicine assistant professor, will evaluate the use of beef cattle temperament as an on-farm indicator of disease susceptibility.

Moya’s project will characterize cattle behaviour — such as aggressiveness or fear reactivity — and its link to negative health and welfare outcomes.

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Results from the study will help farmers tailor herd health programs in order to manage high-risk cattle, reduce antimicrobial drug use, cattle illnesses, and deaths.

The funding from this project comes from Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).

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