Beef farmers from across the UK who attend Beef Expo 2008 at
the Perth Agriculture Centre in Scotland on Wednesday May 21st
will be able to listen to Professor Temple Grandin from the United
States. Professor Grandin is acknowledged as the world’s
expert on cattle behaviour and handling systems.
Professor Temple Grandin
Professor Grandin will demonstrate that improved handling systems
will not just introduce much needed improvements in operator safety
and animal welfare but will also highlight how the beef sector
can save millions of pounds by cutting back on labour.
Speaking at the invitation of the National Beef Association,
Professor Grandin will be giving practical demonstrations at Beef
Expo 2008 using equipment provided by David Ritchie (Implements)
and American Squeeze Crush Systems.
And she will also co-ordinate an on-farm demonstration using
the cattle handling system provided by Ballathie Estate, Kinclaven,
in Perthshire when it is visited during a pre-event farm tour on
“Professor Grandin is respected globally for her far sighted
practical work on cattle behaviour and handling and I am sure that
every beef farmer in the country would welcome the chance to listen
to her first hand advice and have a chance to follow it up with
questions,” said NBA director, Kim Haywood.
“Most beef businesses list labour, which accounts for up
to 18 per cent of cost, as their second highest input after feedstuffs
and with good stockmen in extremely short supply her knowledge
on how to reduce labour input and cut back time taken in routine
cattle handling is invaluable.”
“Professor Grandin can show how the vaccination of forty
energetic store cattle can be reduced to just one hour which represents
a saving of £1 per head.”
“She will also provide farmers with good practical tips
for routine handling procedures needed for tagging, weighing, worming,
blood sampling, TB testing, pregnancy scanning, and loading stock
for sale or slaughter.
“And demonstrate beyond doubt that as well as saving time
a good handling system reduces animal and operator stress while
also helping to cut back on income reduction through penalties
on dark cutting meat or injury to both stockmen and to animals.”
“One of her recommendations is the adoption of curved chutes
and race systems. Farmers who want to know why she is so certain
these are necessary should come to Beef Expo 2008 at Perth on May
21st and hear her ideas for themselves,” Ms Haywood added.
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