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JBS Contributes to Temple Grandin Scholarship Fund at Colorado State University

Oct 4, 2011

Dr. Temple Grandin with students

Dr. Temple Grandin, left, teaches students about researching livestock behavior
and humane handling practices for farm animals.
Photo: Colorado State University. Home page photo: Rosalie Winard.

Fort Collins, Colo. — During a celebration of world-renowned animal scientist and autism advocate Temple Grandin, Colorado State University announced the endowment of a scholarship fund to help support Professor Grandin’s graduate students in agricultural sciences.

According to Craig Beyrouty, dean of CSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences, the Dr. Temple Grandin Scholarship in Animal Behavior and Welfare “will allow Dr. Grandin to continue her remarkable work teaching our students about and researching livestock behavior and humane handling practices for farm animals.”

The announcement came during A Celebration of Temple Grandin, a campus event that hailed the CSU professor’s work after a remarkable year. JBS contributed to the scholarship and helped sponsor the event. Other contributors include the scholarship fund’s chief donor, McDonald's Corp., as well as Colorado Beef Council, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, Colorado Dairy Farmers, Colorado Livestock Association, Leprino Foods, and the National Western Stock Show.

Dr. Grandin is an eminent animal scientist who specializes in livestock behavior and has pioneered the field of farm-animal welfare. Her innovations in humane handling equipment and auditing systems have changed the livestock industry, both improving producer profitability and assuring consumers about the integrity of the food system. Grandin often makes clear that she is not a vegetarian, and that she fervently believes food animals should be treated with respect.

JBS has worked closely and extensively with Grandin to design livestock handling facilities and to monitor humane handling practices at its plants. “It’s important for most consumers to know that livestock are being handled appropriately and with respect,” said Leonard Huskey, director of animal welfare and handling for JBS. Overall, the guidelines Dr. Grandin has developed have been so widely adopted by producers, processors and retailers, they are considered “the industry bible,” Huskey said.

In addition to her research, innovations and teaching in animal science, Grandin’s experiences with autism and her work as a champion for people with autism and their families have brought her broad recognition as a unique and remarkable individual. A key message in many of her talks is that, in her words, “the world needs all kinds of minds.”

In 2010, HBO released a biographical feature film titled “Temple Grandin,” based on the CSU professor’s early life. The movie won seven Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe and a Peabody Award. Also in 2010, Grandin earned a spot on TIME Magazine’s list of “100 Most Influential People in the World.”

— Information provided by Colorado State University Communications

Video

Click here to view, “A Celebration of Dr. Temple Grandin,” a video tribute created by Colorado State University.