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

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Dr. Temple Grandin shares her thoughts about the Stockmanship Journal’s analysis of her handling facilities design.

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Editors Note: Over the past few weeks we have been sharing excerpts from Stockmanship Journal’s
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Whit is a fourth generation Montana rancher who spent aobut 38 years handling cattle conventionally before making the paradigm shift to low-stress livestock handling (LSLH) as taught by Bud Williams. For the past 10 years he has studied and practice LSLH, and shares his knowledge in clinics, onsite consultations, and articles. He began publishing the Stockmanship Journal in 2012. It is the definitive source for quality information on stockmanship. Though the importance of stockmanship is becoming well recognized, until this Journal, there was no professional publication addressing the subject. Hibbard began publishing the Journal in January of 2012 to provide a consistent and efficient way to share information on stockmanship, and to serve as a forum for open, intelligent and informed dialogue. The Journal is a means for improving the level of discourse and the discipline of stockmanship. It is published twice a year in electronic form and includes articles written by experts in the field.


  1. Chip Hines says:

    I congratulate Temple Grandin for her reasoned reply. Well done.

  2. Tom R. says:

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. Don K. says:

    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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