Farm Talk

July 30, 2013

Dr. Temple Grandin to present to livestock producers


Parsons, Kansas — The Wildcat and Southwind Extension Districts are proud to present the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world. She has developed her talents into a successful career as a livestock-handling equipment designer, one of very few in the world. She has now proposed the facilities in which half the cattle are handled in the United States, consulting for firms such as Burger King, McDonald's, Swift, and others.

Dr. Temple Grandin, professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, best-selling author, autism activist, and animal behavior consultant, will be speaking to livestock producers on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. Area producers are welcome and encouraged to attend this once-in-a-lifetime event at Pittsburg State University’s McCray Hall-Sharon K. Dean Recital Hall, 200 E Lindburg Street. She will be discussing and highlighting livestock handling techniques, offering suggestions and improvements to consider for your operation, and answering questions you may have.

Dr. Grandin has been featured on NPR and major television programs, including the BBC special The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow, ABC’s Primetime Live, The Today Show, Larry King Live, 48 Hours, and 20/20 and has been written about in many national publications, including Time (she was included in the magazine’s annual “2010 Time 100” List of the world’s most influential people), People, Forbes, US News and World Report, and The New York Times. Now her fascinating life, with all its challenges and successes, has been brought to the screen with the HBO full-length film Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes.

There will also be a general session open to the public at Pittsburg’s Memorial Auditorium at 6 p.m on Aug. 14. The evening event will not be geared towards livestock production as the afternoon assembly will.

Admission is free but RSVP’s are encouraged for the afternoon session to the Southwind Extension District — 620-223-3720 or to the Wildcat Extension District — 620-724-8233. Her livestock presentation is coordinated by K-State Research and Extension and sponsored by Pittsburg State University Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology through the generous support of the Helen S. Boylan Foundation.£