Dr. Grandin has dedicated her life to improving the humane handling of livestock and has had a HUGE lasting impression on improving cattle handling at the ranch, feedlot, and slaughter facilities. If you have not watched her movie documenting her life I STRONGLY suggest you do. It not only shows how she was able to "overcome" autism but how the way she sees and interacts in life has greatly benefited the livestock industry. Her cattle handling facilities and designs are used all over the beef industry from small operations to the largest of feedlots and packers. I have had the pleasure to listening to a lecture from her when I was in college. Then just a few weeks ago I got to listen to her again and watch her help process (vaccinate and worm) 150 head of steers at a feedlot that she has never been to before. With in 10 minutes and after a few small changes to the facility the crew worked 150 head of cattle in less time than it normally took to work 100, the cattle were calmer and the people actually had to work less "hard". In fact the guy loading the cattle into the facility would shut the gate and stand in 1 spot and with little to no movement 15 steers would load themselves in the ally and walk toward the chute!
|From our pastures and fields to your plate!!|
I really like the virtual tour that Dr. Grandin has made available to the public. The big reasons that packers, feedlots, and ranches don't give public tours are because of safety (cattle, vistor, employee), biosecurity, food safety, and to help keep the livestock calm through the whole process. This is a great tool to allow those you want to know a tour through the humane handling of cattle slaughter and you don't even have to get out of your pajama's or travel many miles!