Genetic analysis and evaluation of behavioural traits in cattle

Krzysztof Adamczyk , Joanna Pokorska , Joanna Makulska , B. Earley , M. Mazurek


The behavioural traits of cattle in terms of docility and manageability have traditionally been the main factors that allowed the domestication of, and use of cattle by humans. Behavioural traits have a profound effect on cattle longevity and are very useful in the assessment of animal welfare and determination of ethical limits to animal handling by humans. In this review, we (1) discussed issues relating to the genetics of the behavioural traits of cattle, (2) characterise current status of cattle breeding in terms of behavioural traits, at the level of population and molecular genetics, giving special consideration to high individual variation in behavioural traits and their relatively high correlations with milk and meat performance traits, (3) discuss the present state of knowledge concerning the identification of quantitative trait loci (QTL) for behavioural traits of cattle, (4) characterise major problems that impede breeding progress in cattle behaviour, including great diversity of methods used for the assessment of behavioural traits and the considerable degree of its subjectivity. In summary, we show the need for systematically improving the effectiveness of cattle breeding with a focus on behaviour, including the consistent and uniform definition of behavioural traits and objective measures of their assessment.
Author Krzysztof Adamczyk (DoAS / DoCB)
Krzysztof Adamczyk,,
- Department of Cattle Breeding
, Joanna Pokorska (DoAS / DoCB)
Joanna Pokorska,,
- Department of Cattle Breeding
, Joanna Makulska (DoAS / DoCB)
Joanna Makulska,,
- Department of Cattle Breeding
, B. Earley
B. Earley,,
, M. Mazurek
M. Mazurek,,
Journal seriesLivestock Science, ISSN 1871-1413, (A 35 pkt)
Issue year2013
Publication size in sheets0.55
Keywords in EnglishCattle, Genetics, Behavioural traits, Breeding programme
ASJC Classification3400 General Veterinary; 1103 Animal Science and Zoology
Internal identifierWHiBZ/2013/19
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)35
Score sourcejournalList
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 30; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2013 = 1.049; WoS Impact Factor: 2013 = 1.1 (2) - 2013=1.501 (5)
Citation count*51 (2020-03-31)
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