Department of Animal Science


Date of this Version

January 2003


Published in 2003 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report. Copyright © 2002 The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska.


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.