PULLMAN, Wash. – Almost half the cattle in North American meat plants are handled in a center track restrainer system designed by Temple Grandin. The professor, bestselling author and livestock industry consultant will present a talk about understanding animal behavior at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, in the CUB ballroom at Washington State University.
Grandin is a designer of livestock handling facilities and a professor of animal science at Colorado State University. Her writings on the flight zone and other principles of grazing animal behavior have helped many people reduce stress on their animals during handling.
Curved chute and race systems she designed for cattle are used worldwide. She has designed animal facilities located in the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and other countries.
Her other areas of research include cattle temperament, environmental enrichment for pigs, reducing dark cutters and bruises, bull fertility, training procedures, and effective stunning methods for cattle and pigs at meat plants.
Her talk is hosted by the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine. She also will speak Nov. 8 in Pullman at an autism conference co-sponsored by WSU.
Grandin’s biography and other resources can be found here.