Livestock Behavior Expert Temple Grandin To Speak in Dodge City

Livestock Behavior Expert Temple Grandin To Speak in Dodge City

Two-day conference on animal welfare and autism advocacy will feature well-known consultant in livestock industry, Grandin as panelist, speaker.

Temple Grandin has become one of the leading voices on animal welfare and one of the leading faces in furthering the cause of those suffering from autism.

On July 23 and 24, she will be in Dodge City for a two-day conference on animal welfare and autism advocacy sponsored by the Dodge City Community College Foundation and the Puzzle Piece Ranch – Autism Southwest Kansas.

About Temple Grandin:

"Temple Grandin changed the culture and all aspects of livestock handling," said Don Woodburn, President of Dodge City Community College.

Grandin is an American doctor of animal science and professor at Colorado State University, bestselling author, autistic activist, and consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior.  She also created the "hug box", a device to calm autistic children, basing it on the squeeze chute commonly used in handling cattle.

The subject of an award-winning biographical film, Temple Grandin, in 2010 she was listed in the Time 100 list of the 100 most influential people in the world in the "Heroes" category.

Grandin has been featured on major media programs, such as Lisa Davis's, It's Your Health, ABC's Primetime Live, the Today Show, and Larry King Live, the NPR show, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and written up in Time magazine, People magazine, Discover magazine, Forbes and The New York Times.  In 2012, Grandin was interviewed on Thriving Canine Radio to discuss "A Different Perspective on Animal Behavior."~~~PAGE_BREAK_HERE~~~

"Temple Grandin changed the culture and all aspects of livestock handling," said Don Woodburn, President of Dodge City Community College. "I heard Temple Grandin climbed into a cattle trailer and rode with the cattle, all the way from Louisiana to Greeley, Colorado, to see how they reacted to such a long ride. After intense studies of livestock behavior, she designed a new trailer configuration for more humane cattle handling. It is now the standard today," added Woodburn.

In 2012, when the American beef industry was struggling with public perception of its use and sale of pink slime, Grandin spoke out in support of the food product. She said, "It should be on the market. It should be labeled. We should not be throwing away that much beef."

"I can't tell you how lucky we are to have Temple Grandin coming to Dodge City," said Jeanie Zortman, founder of Autism Southwest Kansas. "My daughter, Mikeala, and I have sold lots of cinnamon rolls and eggs to raise money to bring Temple here; she is the pinnacle of what our children can become."

"Autism is part of who I am," Temple Grandin says.

On the agenda

The conference is scheduled for Tuesday, July 23rd and Wednesday, July 24th at Magourik Conference Center in Dodge City.

The first day will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a cattlemen's workshop luncheon.  In addition to Grandin, Dan Thompson, Kansas State University Beef Institute Director will be speaking.  Don Woodburn will be introducing future plans for an Agricultural Learning Center for Dodge City Community College.

The second day, Wednesday, July 24th will be an Autism Conference beginning with registration at 7:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided at noon.

For information on the conference, registering or helping sponsor the events please contact the Dodge City Community College Foundation at 620-227-9249.

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