Temple Grandin’s Response to Analysis of Her Handling Facilities Design

Editors Note: Over the past few weeks we have been sharing excerpts from Stockmanship Journal’s article “Grandin’s Approach to Facilities and Animal Handling: An Analysis” (Volume 3 Issue 1). (Click to read Part 1, Part 2,  Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6 ).  The authors, Whit Hibbard and Dr. Lynn Locatelli, are both practitioners and teachers of the Bud Williams school of stockmanship and are well known for helping feedlots and ranches improve their operations through Low-Stress Livestock Handling education.  In their article they look at the handling facilities designed by Temple Grandin, and compare it to their experiences with good stockmanship and animal behavior.  What they found is that Grandin designed facilities tend to impede animal movement, and that good stockmanship and simple, inexpensive handling facilities work best if you are not operating an abattoir.  The purpose of the authors' analysis is to encourage an exchange of ideas while analyzing, evaluating and critiquing theories and ideas in a search for better outcomes for animal handlers.   They want to help answer the questions they’ve often been asked:  “What kind of animal handling facilities should we build? Solid-sided, curved, tub systems, like those promoted by Temple Grandin can be expensive, but is that our best option?  Or are there are other ways to get us where we want to be?” This is groundbreaking analysis and On Pasture is honored to be selected to s

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4 thoughts on “Temple Grandin’s Response to Analysis of Her Handling Facilities Design

  1. I’ve been a firm believer in low stress handling forever and have used an open sweep pen with a short curved lead-up to the squeeze for about 20 years. Being able to quietly limit the cows options lets you train them easily to work calmly. The one big advantage I see to the sweep is with wild cattle (Usually occasional strays from across the fence) and being able to load them out the side gate of the sweep while not needing to be in the pen with them. Thanks for a great analysis of the Bud Box system, I now understand how and why it works so well. Even though my sweep system would cost about $10,000 to replace today, I’m still glad I bought it both for safety and ease of use since I usually am working by myself.

  2. Many thanks to Drs. Locatelli & Grandin & Mr. Hibbard for this excellent series. We’ve learned lots and have already put some of this knowledge into practice at our farm. We will be seeking out more information on low-stress handling techniques.

  3. Both were excellent articles, and had some very good points. I utilize both the bud box and sweep with open sides all the way. Being a small operation it tends to work well for me. One thing I have discovered is, feeding them after working them calms them back down pretty quick.

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