Technical note: Evolution of exit velocity in suckling Brahman calves.

  title={Technical note: Evolution of exit velocity in suckling Brahman calves.},
  author={Nicole C Burdick and Bryan Joseph Agado and J C White and Kara J. Matheney and Don A. Neuendorff and David G. Riley and Rhonda C. Vann and Thomas H. Welsh and Ronald D. Randel},
  journal={Journal of animal science},
  volume={89 1},
The purpose of this study was to assess changes in exit velocity (EV) of Brahman calves from 21 d of age (DOA) to 56 d postweaning (231.30 ± 1.23 DOA). Spring-born calves (n = 308) from 2006 to 2008 were sired by 18 bulls. Exit velocity (m/s) was determined as the rate of speed of a calf traversing 1.83 m after being released from a working chute. Temperament score was determined as the average of EV and pen score 28 d before and at weaning (2006: 173 ± 2 DOA; 2007: 174 ± 2 DOA; 2008: 163 ± 2… 

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