South Dakota is a strong agricultural state with large numbers of livestock being raised by farmers and ranchers. On July 1, 2014, Dr. Temple Grandin will be the feature speaker in Rapid City, SD as part of the Raising the Best: Livestock Husbandry and Handling for Today’s Market. This workshop is hosted by South Dakota Farmers Union in partnership with SDSU Extension. The workshop is made possible by a grant through the USDA.
The workshop is being held at the Fine Arts Theater at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. It is free and open to the public. Dr. Grandin will lead off the day at 10 a.m. MDT with a presentation covering animal behavior and handling principles along with advances of animal well-being across various sectors of the food supply chain. At 11 a.m. SDSU Extension livestock specialists will continue the discussion of low-stress handling concepts presented and walk through an example of one type of temporary handling facility. The workshop will end at noon.
Dr. Grandin is a designer of livestock handling facilities and a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. She obtained her B.A. at Franklin Pierce College and her M.S. in Animal Science at Arizona State University. Dr. Grandin received her Ph.D. in Animal Science from the University of Illinois.
South Dakota Farmers Union’s president, Doug Sombke, is honored and excited to host these workshops which offer South Dakota livestock producers the educational opportunity to learn from one of the world’s renowned experts on livestock handling.
If you have questions about the workshop, please contact Heidi Carroll, SDSU Livestock Stewardship Associate, at 605.688.6623.