Volume 2, Issue 2 (July 2013)

This issue focuses on the work of an influential voice in livestock behavior and handling, facilities design and construction, animal welfare and humane slaughter, and animal transport, Temple Grandin, Ph.D. A prolific researcher and author, Dr. Grandin has authored or edited six books and approximately 400 articles on those subjects, and is a sought after consultant and lecturer (see Profile). As such, Grandin has had a significant, beneficial impact on the livestock industry in the United States and other countries.

Stockmen need to be familiar with Grandin’s work because of its direct relevance and practical utility to their operations. Yet, the shear scope of her work is rather daunting for stockmen who already don’t have enough hours in the day. Consequently, I have read (and reread) Grandin’s relevant books (six), and book chapters and articles (69) to glean the information I consider most pertinent for the working stockman, and condensing it into one article, The Essential Grandin.


A basic knowledge of Grandin’s work can significantly help stockmen by promoting the humane and efficient handling of their livestock and its consequent economic rewards.

This issue contains a Profile of Dr. Grandin, a lengthy Interview with her answers to 20 important questions, as well as the now customary Applied Stockmanship, Research Pearls, Instructional Materials Review, and Resources sections.

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