Cattlemen in Vanderhoof eagerly participated in a field day featuring internationally recognized animal expert Dr. Temple Grandin in June 2010.

Grandin is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and a consultant to the livestock industry. As a child, she was diagnosed with severe autism.  Her high level of functioning with this spectrum disorder has earned her prominent distinction amongst autism groups.

Topics discussed at the workshop include stress and meat quality, behaviour of cattle during transport and the optimal designs of handling and loading facilities.

Partnerships with the Farm and Ranch Safety and Health Association and Northern Health helped support three more seminars in Prince George.

In total, Grandin presented to more than 700 participants during her visit to northern BC.

“We looked at photos of some local systems and discussed improvements,” remarks David Wruth, president of the Nechako Valley Regional Cattlemen Association. “Dr. Grandin targeted her presentation to the needs of our region.”

Funding for this project was provided through the former federal-provincial Safety Nets framework. (SP150)