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Grandin Addresses Cattlemen in Midwest City

Fri, 30 Jul 2010 17:31:36 CDT

The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association's 58th annual convention over the weekend at the Reed Center in Midwest City, OK has once again drawn some big name speakers. During Friday's Opening General Session, Sponsored by KIS Futures, it was standing room only for keynote speaker, Dr. Temple Grandin, who gave her presentation, "Livestock Behavior, Animal Handling and Consumer Perceptions."

Grandin, diagnosed as autistic when she was 3 years old, is a designer of livestock handling facilities and a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. She has also developed an objective scoring system for assessing handling of cattle and pigs at meat plant which many corporations are using to improve animal welfare. Today, she teaches courses on livestock behavior and facility design at Colorado State University and consults with the livestock industry on facility design, livestock handling, and animal welfare.

She has appeared on television shows such as 20/20, 48 Hours, CNN Larry King Live, and has been featured in People Magazine, the New York Times, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, and Time Magazine.

In February 2010, "Temple Grandin", the movie debuted on HBO. On July 8, Temple Grandin was nominated or several Emmy Awards, including the award for Outstanding Made for Television Movie. The film is currently airing on HBO.



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