Abstract

Indigenous cattle are mostly reared where the traditional farming is practiced including the Northern Province of South Africa. The majority of farmers own Nguni cattle although other breeds are found in the region. The management of cattle under traditional farming systems also require constant movement and handling during dipping, branding and counting. The behavioral response of animals as they are handled around and through the dipping tank crush pen impacts on the productivity through increased production costs (Burrow, 1995) and losses in hides, carcass and meat quality (Grandin, 1980 and Burrow, 1997). The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between temperament and linear body measurements (LBM) of Nguni cattle under traditional management systems

A. E Nesamvuni, A. J Nekhofhe, N. D Ramanyimi, J. Mulaudzi, J. G Taylor, F. JC Swanepoel

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume 2002. Session 14, , 14.18, 2002
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