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Finishing Steers in a Deep-Bedded Hoop Barn and a Conventional Feedlot: Effects on Behavior and Temperament in Iowa

Authors: Robert G. Baker (Iowa State University) , Anna K. Butters-Johnson (Iowa State University) , Kenneth J. Stalder (Iowa State University) , Mark S. Honeyman (Iowa State University) , Darrell Busby (Iowa State University)

  • Finishing Steers in a Deep-Bedded Hoop Barn and a Conventional Feedlot: Effects on Behavior and Temperament in Iowa

    Armstrong Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm

    Finishing Steers in a Deep-Bedded Hoop Barn and a Conventional Feedlot: Effects on Behavior and Temperament in Iowa

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Abstract

As the Iowa beef industry invests in environmental management, there has been increasing interest in systems that minimize runoff. One example of such a facility is the deep-bedded hoop barn. To date there is limited information comparing animals raised for beef production in regards to their behavior between the deep-bedded hoop barns and other housing systems for beef cattle. Identifying potential alterations in cattle behavior and overall temperament between different housing systems can help producers when redesigning facilities and in the creation of educational management tools, to maximize beneficial impacts for animal well-being and economical return. The objective of this study was to compare steer behavior and temperament between two housing treatments; hoop building (HP) vs. conventional feedlot (FD).

Keywords: Animal Science

How to Cite:

Baker, R. G. & Butters-Johnson, A. K. & Stalder, K. J. & Honeyman, M. S. & Busby, D., (2009) “Finishing Steers in a Deep-Bedded Hoop Barn and a Conventional Feedlot: Effects on Behavior and Temperament in Iowa”, Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms Progress Reports 2008(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 2009
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