Behavioural traits are more and more becoming important in farm animal selection, as they can be involved in several important parameters including production, handlers' safety and animal welfare. Most social relationships are built up during their life (Scott, 1981). Some sensitive periods are particularly important in that process (Bateson, 1981). However experience is not the only factor involved in the variability of behaviours and the genetic selection could be also one way to improve those traits. Two of those traits will be more particularly the concern of that paper, maternal behaviour, and animal docility

P. le Neindre, L. Grignard, G. Trillat, A. Boissy, F. Menissier, F. Sapa, X. Boivin

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume 2002. Session 14, , 14.13, 2002
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