Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin

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  • Keywords: Genetics, Behavior, Stress, Handling, Animal welfare, Restrainment

Professor of Animal Science, Colorado State University, USA

Consultant and designer of livestock handling facilities, Grandin Livestock Handling Systems Inc.


B.A. (Psychology), Franklin Pierce College, 1970

M.S. (Animal Science), Arizona State University, 1975

Ph.D. (Animal Science), University of Illinois, 1989

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.

She has also developed an objective scoring system for assessing handling of cattle and pigs at meat plants. This scoring system is being used by many large corporations to improve animal welfare. Other areas of research are: cattle temperament, environmental enrichment for pigs, reducing dark cutters and bruises, bull fertility, training procedures, and effective stunning methods for cattle and pigs at meat plants.

She obtained her B.A. at Frankin Pierce College and her M.S. in Animal Science at Arizona State University. Dr. Grandin received her Ph.D in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989. Today she teaches courses on livestock behaviour and facility design at Colorado State Univeristy and consults with the livestock industry on facility design, livestock handling, and animal welfare.

Colorado State University

Colorado State University