Less Noise Equals Fewer Problems in Working Cattle- the Advice of Dr. Temple GrandlinFri, 21 May 2010 6:44:29 CDT
The keynote speaker at the International Symposium for Beef Cattle Welfare, Dr. Temple Grandlin, joins us today on the Beef Buzz.
Dr. Grandin is a designer of livestock handling facilities and a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. Facilities she has designed are located in the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries. In North America, almost half of the cattle are handled in a center track restrainer system that she designed for meat plants. Curved chute and race systems she has designed for cattle are used worldwide and her writings on the flight zone and other principles of grazing animal behavior have helped many people to reduce stress on thier animals during handling.
We talked with her about some of the key things that cattle producers and others that handle cattle can do to put less stress on the cattle and allow those animals to be moved or worked with greater ease. One of her big talking points at the Symposium this week is the idea that "calm people make for calm cattle."
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