Field Frame Friday: What does your facial hair say about you?

Facial hair whorl (how the hair swirls) position can be associated with temperament in cattle. Those with hair whorls starting between their eyes are more interested in unfamiliar humans than cows with hair whorls that begin below their eyes. Judging by these calves’ interest in this camera, it seems like a fair conclusion!

[Photo and caption by Blair Downey]


Randle, H.D. 1998. Facial hair whorl position and temperament in cattle. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 56: 139-147.

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