Volume 3 Issue 1
Cattle Temperament Alters the Metabolic Response to a Feed Restriction Challenge in Beef Steers
Burdick Sanchez NC, Carroll JA*, Broadway PR, Hughes HD, Roberts SL, Richeson JT, Schmidt TB, Vann RC
Recent studies have demonstrated metabolic differences between calm and temperamental cattle. Specifically, temperamental cattle exhibit greater concentrations of NEFAs, decreased blood urea nitrogen (BUN), and decreased insulin sensitivity compared to Calm cattle. It is hypothesized that these differences may influence the manner in which Temperamental cattle respond to feed restriction (FR). Therefore, the objective of this study was to determine whether cattle temperament would influence the metabolic responses to a FR challenge in beef cattle.