Temple Grandin is Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, and is one of the world’s leaders in the design of livestock handling facilities. She has designed livestock facilities throughout the United States and in Canada, Europe, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and other countries. In North America, almost half of all cattle processing facilities include a center track restrainer system that she designed for meat plants. Her curved chute (race) systems are used worldwide and her writings on the flight zone and other principles of grazing animal behavior have helped many producers to reduce stress during handling. Dr. Grandin also designed an objective scoring system for assessing handling and stunning of cattle and pigs at meat plants. This system is being used by many large corporations to improve animal care.
Dr. Grandin has consulted with many different ranchers, feedlot owners, packers, and industry organizations for many years. At Colorado State University she maintains a limited number of graduate students and conducts research that assists in developing systems for animal handling and, in particular, with the reduction of stress and losses at slaughter plants. She has published several hundred industry publications, book chapters and technical papers on animal handling plus 62 refereed journal articles in addition to ten books. She maintains an appointment at Colorado State University where she has been active in making presentations to ranchers and farmers as well as those interested in the packing industry. She developed her own website (www.grandin.com) which contains her research papers and additional information on livestock behavior, cattle handling, humane slaughter, stunning methods, effects of stress on meat quality, and design information.
Dr Grandin has received numerous industry achievement awards and is recognized by many humane groups as the voice of reason. In 2010 HBO premiered a movie about Temple’s early life and career with the livestock industry. The movie received seven Emmy awards, and she is also one of Time Magazines 100 most influential people.
Mark Deesing began his career in the livestock industry as a farrier and horse trainer. In 1993 he met Temple Grandin and began to work with her first in research and writing projects. They co-authored two books together; "Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals” (Academic Press, 1998), and "Humane Livestock Handling” ( Storey Publishing, 2008), along with several referred journal articles on cattle behavior. Mark and Temple pioneered work on using facial hair patterns to predict temperament and fertility in cattle.
Currently Mark is a custom design consultant for Grandin Livestock Handling Systems, Inc., and has designed hundreds of handling facilities for all types of livestock, as well as wildlife and zoo species. He travels around the country visiting ranches, feedyards, and packing plants consulting on design of new facilities, troubleshooting problems in existing facilities, and working with producers on improvements in handling practices.
Mark does his design and drafting work on a ranch in Northern Colorado. In 2001, he built a state of the art facility from Dr. Grandin’s designs and invites ranchers, contractors, and others to visit the ranch and to see the facility and discuss construction techniques. Mark continues to stay active in the horse industry and raises horses on the ranch.
Complete Design and Drafting Service
Design & Drafting of facilities including detail drawings for gates, hinges, latches, crowd pens, fencing, steel & concrete specifications.
On-Site Custom Facilities Design, Drafting, and Consultation
Mark travels to ranches, feedyards, packing plants, & wildlife handling facilities to help owners and managers decide on facility needs & layouts.
On-Site Troubleshooting of Existing Facilities
Travel and inspect existing facilities and make recommendations for improvements.
Internet and Phone Consultation Service
Review drawing plans and make recommendations.
"Belongs on the desk of every serious livestock production professional” - Joe Roybal, Editor BEEF Magazine
• Explains Animal Behavior principals to reduce stress on your animals
• Contains layouts of corrals for ranches, feedlots, & meat plants. Designs for large & small beef cattle operations.
• Complete instructions & illustrations to show you how to build chutes, loading ramps, fences, gates, latches, crowd pens, & sliding gates.
• Also contains sheep and bison layouts.
Portfolio of full color photographs:
• Contains ranch, feedlot, and beef slaughter plant photos
• Color photos enable you to see construction details
Full size corral design plans:
• Two full-sized 18”x24” (45cm X 60cm) drawings of our most popular ranch & feedyard designs. All drawings have English and Metric measurements.
This DVD contains all of the cattle information in the VHS video plus additional updated material. The DVD and CD set contain 6 different programs and almost 2 hours of programming. The CD contains Dr. Grandin's best photos and diagrams of cattle behavior, curved chutes and races, stockyards, stunners, driving aids, and restrainers. Many of the photos are higher resolution copies of the photos on this website. In the 6 programs on the DVD, Dr. Grandin explains, in easy to understand language, behavioral principles of cattle handling, equipment design, stunning methods, animal welfare auditing, and religious slaughter. This DVD can be used for training employees at slaughter plants and it would also be ideal for meat science classes. Extensive new material has been added to show the latest equipment. This DVD will play on most equipment in Europe and other countries.Detailed description of the 6 programs on the DVD:
1. Animal Handling in Meat Plants (2nd ed.) - Covers cattle behavior, flight zone, point of balance, eliminating distractions that cause cattle to refuse to move, handling facility designs, chute design, restrainer design, the use of welfare friendly driving aids, and preventing bruises and dark cutters.
2. Stunning of Cattle (New Program) - Covers how captive bolt stunning works, howto stun cattle properly, and how to determine that the animal remains insensible. Electrical stunning of cattle is also discussed.
3. Animal Stunning (Spanish) - Covers captive bolt and electrical stunning of cattle, pigs, and sheep
4. Religious Slaughter of Cattle (New Program) - Covers Kosher and Halal slaughter and contains video footage of Kosher slaughter of cattle in a modern upright restraint system. Animal welfare and religious slaughter is also covered.
5. Implementing Animal Welfare Auditing Programs - Covers the importance of using objective scoring and explains the American Meat Institute objective scoring system for evaluating animal welfare in meat plants. It also discusses how handling can be scored on feedlots and ranches.
6. Image Gallery Slide Show - Shows pictures and video clips of best practices for handling cattle and stunning.
Cattle handling specialist and Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. Dr. Grandin designs handling facilities and works with livestock producers to use behavioral principles to reduce stress on cattle during handling.
In this one-hour video lecture, Cattle Handling Principles to Reduce Stress, Dr. Grandin shares many of her successful cattle handling techniques.
• how to identify & remove distractions in your facility which make cattle balk.
• basic principles of using the animal's flight zone and point of balance during handling.
• why curved chutes are more efficient and how to lay them out.
• the use of solid sides on squeeze chutes to keep cattle calmer.
• basic ways to reduce stress.
• easy to understand low stress cattle movement principles.
• temperment selection in cattle.
Includes Cattle Handling Principles to Reduce Stress plus a spanish livestock handling video and a CD of Dr. Grandin's best pictures from her talks on cattle handling and corral design! The DVD and CDs play on both DVD players and computers. It will play in most systems in Europe and other countries.
Contains the Low Stress Handling of Pigs on the Farm video, plus 2 additional programs. A total of 90 minutes of programming.
1. Low Stress Handling of Pigs (30 min)
2. Handling of Stunning Pigs at the Meat Plant (30 min)
3. Implementing Animal Welfare Auditing Programs (30 min)
4. Best practices DVD slide show
The program on handling and stunning of pigs can be used to train employees at slaughter plants and it would also be ideal for meat science classes.Some of the topics that are covered are:
• Improving pig movement by removing distractions that cause balking
• Explain the importance of producers walking finishing pens to get pigs accustomed to handling