Dr. Temple Grandin

temple_grandinDr. Temple Grandin is a designer of livestock handling facilities and a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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 all cattle are handled in a center track restrainer system, from which the Spirit of Humane restraints are modeled, which Dr. Grandin designed for meat processing 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 their animals during handling.

Dr. Grandin has also developed an objective scoring system for assessing the animal welfare handling of cattle and pigs at meat processing plants. Many large corporations use this scoring system to evaluate and improve animal welfare. Other areas of her research include:

  • cattle temperament
  • environmental enrichment for pigs
  • reducing dark cutters and bruises
  • bull fertility
  • training procedures
  • effective stunning methods for cattle and pigs at meat plants

Today Dr. Grandin teaches courses on livestock behavior and facility design, and consults with the livestock industry on facility design, livestock handling, and animal welfare through her livestock consulting company, Grandin Livestock Handling.

She has appeared on television shows such as 20/20, 48 Hours, Larry King Live, PrimeTime Live, the Today Show, and many shows in other countries. She has been featured in People, the New York Times, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, Time, the New York Times Book Review, and Discover. Interviews with Dr. Grandin have been broadcast on National Public Radio.

Dr. Grandin has authored over 300 articles in both scientific journals and livestock periodicals on animal handling, welfare, and facility design. She is the author of “Thinking in Pictures” (based on her life with autism), “Livestock Handling and Transport,” and “Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals.” Her recent book “Animals in Translation” was a New York Times best seller.

Her web site was created to educate people throughout the world about modern methods of livestock handling, in order to improve animal welfare and productivity. She has given permission to copy articles, pictures, and diagrams from her site.