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Dr Temple Grandin Appears at Cattle Industry Meetings in Oklahoma City and Denver

Sat, 31 Jul 2010 21:15:24 CDT

Dr Temple Grandin Appears at Cattle Industry Meetings in Oklahoma City and Denver 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." After her presentation, our own Keith Merckx talked with her about her career in caring for the well being of animals raised as livestock. Click on the LISTEN BAR below to hear this conversation.

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. It will be out on DVD in august.

Meanwhile on Saturday, she moved on to the Summer Cattle Industry Conference in Denver to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association- the picture here is of she and SteveFogelsong, President of the NCBA as she receives this special recognition. CLick here for more on that honor as described by Mike Deering of the NCBA staff on their blog- Beltway Beef. Included on this link is some video of her receiving this award.


Keith Merckx talks with Dr. Temple Grandin at the OCA Convention in Midwest City.
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