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Temple Grandin shares insights into cattle, animal behavior

Published: April 24 2012

Noted animal behaviorist Temple Grandin, subject of the Emmy-winning HBO movie that bears her name, recently visited the University of Florida’s Range Cattle Research and Education Center in Ona, helping ranchers better understand the livestock they work with every day.

On a Thursday morning at the picturesque center, vendors set out wares as more than 300 cattlemen and their families poured in, ready to soak up the latest research from UF faculty members on everything from forage to soil and water research and a national program to help assure consumers about beef quality.

The day was highlighted by frank — and often funny — talk from Grandin, whose research has helped revolutionize the way livestock are handled, making it more humane. She shared tips about how cattle think in pictures, how they make strong, specific associations between people or objects and good or bad experiences and how even simple changes can greatly reduce their fear and discomfort.