On August 30, New Entry had the privilege of co-coordinating a Cattle Behavior and Handling Workshop with the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, featuring guest speaker Dr. Temple Grandin. Dr. Grandin is nationally renowned for her work on understanding animal behavior and on developing livestock handling facilities based on the perspective of the animal. She eagerly answered questions and related her insights about cattle behavior. When you have trouble getting cows to move into a pen or a handling chute, she explained, they may be anxious about something that wouldn’t seem important to a human, like a dangling rope, a person standing in the wrong place, or a change in floor surfaces. Dr. Grandin also stressed the importance of learned responses; for example, if an animal’s first experience the handling chute is a bad one, good luck getting it into the chute next time!
Dr. Grandin also gave a public lecture the evening of the 29th, and participants in the Cattle Behavior and Handling Workshop were invited to another lecture that evening. For more about Temple Grandin, including a wealth of advice about livestock behavior and handling, visit her website. You can also sign up for our livestock updates or find more resources posted regularly on our livestock Twitter account. More pictures of the workshop below:
Photos by Adrien Bisson