26 January 2012

Tiffin 2012 - Temple Grandin - A Practical Approach to Improving Animal Welfare

http://www.realagriculture.com interviews Dr Temple Grandin about her contributions to animal welfare.

so dr. Grandon when you look at your

your career what's the one thing in terms of animal welfare your welfare you're the most proud of well really proud of the auditing systems that I implemented for the meatpacking plants that riginal II started with McDonald's and Wendy's because now he had big customers insisting on some standards and I developed a very simple scoring system instead of going into a plant and saying well I think it's good or bad I count how many cattle did you start on the first shot how many gallons you poked with the electric product how many cattle felt down and you're only allowed three cattle out of 100 up in the stunning area moving intolerant you got more than three cattle mooing and Bella run you got a fairly odd they had to make certain numbers it was very simple and it resulted in a lot of change back in 1999-2000 when that was first implemented very proud of that I'm also very proud of a lot of the facilities I've designed in fact half the cattle in North America are handled in my center track restrainer system yeah I guess when you when you look at the future do you think there's a lot of there's a lot more work to be done in terms of cattle

handling animal welfare well a cattle handling it takes constant management to keep cattle handling good there's a tendency for cattle handling to slip back bad yes there's ten twenty percent of people they'll always be good other people tend to laughs back in the yelling screaming and poking with brides let's just keep monitoring it and I'm some of the big plants now like a Cargill at High River putting video editing we're on auditors over that down in the states can actually look in the stunning area in the unloading and a cattle handling area and it solves a problem of people acting good when they know they're being watched they never know what they gotta be washed and their scored with the objective scoring system ever friend from the movie of course there was lots about the looking at the cattles eyes and in that fear and and some of those in terms of some of the like with the snake with the block sides to make sure they don't know whether he's one of the reasons but solid sides episode they don't see distractions you know that people go and buy trucks driving buying all those sorts of things that's where

it's especially important to have a solid sides and non-slip flooring is very important it's also important to design your crowding pens so as the cattle come on around they're going back to where they come from then you're taking advantage of that natural behavior go back to where they come from how much of a lot of your research and some of the work you done also also applies to things like horses not in their own in terms of horse slaughter but in just in terms of general handling else he'll ask me you know what helps me understand how behavior I'm an extreme visual thinker and so an animal is a sensory based thinker it's some things in pictures it thinks an audio it thinks in the smells it's very much into detail and animals will associate a bad experience was something they were seeing or hearing right the moment the bad experience hacked like there was one animal terrified of diesel power equipment then ran with gas engine it was fine but diesel was associated with really bad experiences it's real important the cattle on horses have a good first experience with new things like a horse trailer or going through a

new set of craps because of a first experience of something new like a horse trailers bad it's very very easy for him to get a fear memory and do you think when a lot of people are working on ranches are working in a feed yard they make that mistake that that animals perceive danger or have developed fear based on how we do that it's maybe not as much well I'm always get asked all the time to cattle know they're going to get soon well that's a question I had to answer very early in my career and I found that the animals behave the same way at the slaughterhouse is they did in the vaccinating shoot if they do they're going to get slaughtered they'll be a lot wilder at the slaughterhouse they're afraid of a lot of little things we don't notice reflections gates jigga with miles in a place the other day and is looking just jiggled and they wouldn't walk by that moving water with reflections on die metal at jiggles seeing people walk by green gloves waving around they kind of notice little details that we tend to not notice you