The Importance of Convenience Traits in Beef Cattle

The Importance of Convenience Traits in Beef Cattle

David Kirkpatrick

University of Tennessee

Convenience traits are those cattle traits that contribute directly to savings in time, facilities, drugs and labor in a cow-calf enterprise. Some examples of these traits are temperament, polledness, structural and udder soundness, disease and pest resistance, heat tolerance, doing or “fleshing” ability, mothering ability, and calving ease. Many are not highly heritable but contribute to the ease of participating in and enjoying the beef cattle industry.

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