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In two winter and two summer studies, tympanic temperatures (TT), an indicator of body temperature, were obtained in unrestrained feedlot cattle moved through working facilities. Moving yearling cattle elevated TT between 0.5 and 1.4°F. Effects of cattle movement and handling on body temperature needs to be taken into account when evaluating animal health studies. Furthermore, minimal handling of cattle during hot days is recommended for promoting animal well-being and comfort.