Temple Grandin, animal science professor at Colorado State University and famed animal behaviorist, was awarded the 2011 American Meat Science Association Special Recognition Award at the 64th Annual Reciprocal Meat Conference, held recently in Manhattan, Kan.
Grandin is a designer of livestock handling facilities and a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University but the world knows her as so much more. Hers is the most respected name in the area of care and handling of animals. Her research has extended the scientific knowledge base in the areas of animal behavior, metabolism and meat quality.
She has given all meat scientists a better understanding of how animals perceive their surroundings and the biological basis for improving animal care. Facilities she has designed are located in the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries. In North America, almost half of the cattle are handled in a center track restrainer system that she designed for meat plants.
“The quality of Dr. Grandin’s work and circumstances of her life have thrust her into the public consciousness in a way that has never happened with any other meat scientist,” said Thomas Powell, AMSA executive director. “In presenting a Special Recognition Award to Dr. Grandin, the members of the American Meat Science Association express their gratitude for her unique and lasting contributions to the meat science discipline.