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Temple Grandin Speaks in Mandan


She's known around the world for her livestock handling techniques and was even featured in a full-length feature film.
Today, she is sharing her knowledge with local producers.
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin introduces you to Temple Grandin.

(Larry Schnell / Stockmen's Livestock Exchange)"She's the guru. The guru of livestock handling."
(Rocky Bateman / Producer) "It's amazing how many times we have been able to save getting run over by our cows because we are working with her way of thinking."
 Temple Grandin knows animals.
In 1950 Grandin was diagnosed with Autism.
Since the 70s, Grandin has been studying and designing cattle handling systems.
In North America, almost half of the cattle are handled in a system that SHE designed for meat plants.
(Dr. Temple Grandin / Designer of Livestock Handling Facilities) "Once evidence that handling has gotten better is my student just finished a survey of 28 feed yards and the average score of all the feed yards for electric prod use and falling was within Beef Quality Insurance guidelines, in fact way within it. Which is really good. That's a big improvement. Cause I have ben around for a long time." 
Temple now travels the nation..presenting 30 times a year.
Passing along livestock handling tips and equipment recommendations to producers.
(Dr. Temple Grandin / Designer of Livestock Handling Facilities) "The first thing you have to do is calm down. No yelling and screaming. cattle get excited, it takes a half hour to calm back down. When you are bringing them up into the crowd pen, small groups. Fill the crowd pen half full. Good handling is going to require more walking." 
(Larry Schnell / Stockmen's Livestock Exchange)"We talk about how you have to slow down to speed up. that's what she says, you need  to work with these animals rather than try to make them do what you want them to do." 
(Rocky Bateman / Producer) "She has a different perspective on things. She's world renowned. People don't realize the level of expertise that she comes with. It's rare. We are so fortunate to have her here in Mandan and it's beyond comparison as far as these issues are concerned."
(Dr. Temple Grandin / Designer of Livestock Handling Facilities) "I enjoy the outcome when people say to me, well they did some of things I recommended and it worked. I really get a lot of satisfaction out from that."

This is the largest seminar the Morton County Soil Conservation District has held.
Nearly 330 people registered for the conference.
Some from as far away as Green Bay, Wisconsin.


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