The ability to readily identify individuals that may have a greater innate ability to handle cattle in a low stress manner would be useful in feedlots and on ranches. This study was conducted to determine whether handler personality type would be a useful tool to predict stockman abilities. To accomplish this, 3 cattle handling exercises were created to observe human‐cattle interactions. A scoring system was developed to investigate cattle handling proficiency based on cattle behavioral responses. Handler personality type was classified using two assessments. Some cattle handling exercises did not differentiate handler personality types. Introverted handlers tended to have higher scores than Extraverts in Exercise 3. When Exercises 2 and 3 were pooled, the same tendency occurred for Introverted handlers to have more favorable scores. These results indicate that a relationship between handler personality type and the behavioral responses of cattle may exist. The scoring system created to quantify cattle handling proficiency was useful, but needs further development.
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Franzky, H.; Pritchard, R.; and Trenhaile, J., "The Effect of Handler Personality Type on Feedlot Cattle Behavioral Responses" (2013). South Dakota Beef Report, 2013. 6.