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Livestock Handling and Welfare Expert Temple Grandin to Speak at UW

March 14, 2016
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Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin, who revolutionized humane livestock handling, will speak Wednesday, March 23, at the University of Wyoming College of Arts and Sciences auditorium.

Her free presentation begins at 6 p.m. and is hosted by the student chapter of the Wyoming Section of the Society for Range Management. The speech is open to the public, says chapter member BJ Bender.

“The UW Range Club is very excited to be able to give back to a community that supports us strongly by providing an opportunity for Laramie to hear from Temple Grandin,” Bender says.

The UW Range Club helps students prepare for the range management profession and participate in the Society for Range Management.

Grandin credits her autism and thinking in pictures as motivating her research into animal behavior. Half of the cattle in the U.S. and Canada are handled with equipment she designed to reduce stress at processing facilities.

Bender was part of the UW range team at the Society for Range Management conference last year in Sacramento, Calif. Grandin spoke at the conference, but Bender says all the student activities were scheduled during Grandin’s presentation. Bender says she called Grandin as soon as the team returned, asking if she would be willing to speak to the students at UW. Bender was at the Mr. T Bull Riding competition in Laramie last March when she received a call from Grandin on her cell phone.

Grandin is a professor of livestock behavior and welfare at Colorado State University and serves as an industry consultant. She works with large ranches and major processors, such as Cargill, Swift, Tyson and Smithfield. 

Her animal welfare guidelines and auditor training programs have influenced practices at corporations such as Whole Foods, Chipotle, McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s International.

Grandin’s story touches on what it means to be human, human relations with animals, teaching children and the value of human differences and potential. She didn’t speak until she was 3 and a half years old. Now, she addresses audiences around the world and has been interviewed on programs including “20/20,” “The View,” National Public Radio and the BBC.

Grandin’s book, “Animals in Translation,” was a New York Times bestseller. An HBO movie about her early life and career garnered seven Emmy awards, a Golden Globe and a Peabody Award. Articles about her have appeared in the New York Times, People and Time.

For more information, contact Bender at (949) 413-0497 or

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