Here are some of my personal Brahman / cattle views and observations.
3. Amount of handling also affects disposition. Even naturally gentle cattle can be made aggressive or wild with improper or aggressive treatment. Cattle that are regularly handled and have frequent positive human interactions will be more relaxed and can be made more gentle. Cattle that see their handlers only once or twice a year will become like wild animals that see hunters once or twice a year.
4. Identify cattle with behavior issues and try to determine the cause and find a solution. One cow that refuses to come to the pens or runs away can affect the whole herd.
When you go to someone's ranch to look at their cattle, do the cattle come to the people or do they run away? This to me is a first indication of a lack of quality handling, improper handling, lack of frequent positive interaction, or a herd influenced by naturally wild cattle.
A son of my first bull. He sold himself when they went out to look at him.
Please don't try this if you don't know what you are doing. The disposition of your herd sire can affect your entire calf crop either positively or negatively.
"Hugh - The Killer Bull" This is my first herd sire. The most docile bull that I have ever encountered. I had him in every possible situation and he never got upset or nervous.
My nephew's son could have caused a wreck when he walked up unexpectedly, like kids do, and touched this bull calf in the flank.
Most of my cows will let me handle their babies because they trust me.
I have a milking gate, but some of my cattle don't need it.