WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A Purdue Extension beef management seminar will give cattle producers the chance to learn about animal handling facilities and on-farm management practices from some of the nation's top experts, including author and livestock industry consultant Temple Grandin.
The Cattle Handling Practices and Facilities seminar will be Jan. 19 in Bedford and will include discussions about beef cattle psychology, handling facilities and temperament scoring. Speakers also will cover livestock issues in the media.
"Animal wellbeing has been a hot topic in the media, so it's important for beef producers to know what roles they can play in helping to explain livestock production," said David Redman, Purdue Extension educator in Lawrence County. "It's also important for them to stay updated on any improvements they can make to their operations."
Grandin, livestock behavior researcher at Colorado State University, is best known for her work in livestock welfare and autism advocacy. In addition to her research, she is an award-winning author and internationally renowned animal welfare lecturer. More information about Grandin's work is available on the CSU website at http://www.colostate.edu/templegrandin/.
Additional expert speakers are Ron Lemenager, Purdue Extension beef specialist; Bret Marsh, Indiana state veterinarian with the Indiana Board of Animal Health; Brad Shelton, superintendent of the Feldun-Purdue Agricultural Center; and Redman.
Local cattle supply dealers will be on hand to visit with seminar participants.
The seminar will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds, 11265 state Route 50 W., Bedford. Registration is $40 per person by Jan. 8. After that it will be $50. The fee includes meals, snacks and take-home reference materials.
Continuing education credit for veterinarians is available at no extra cost.
There also will be a free, pre-seminar open house reception 5-8 p.m. on Jan. 18. The reception is open to anyone, regardless of seminar participation. Attendees will have the chance to meet speakers and exhibitors, and Grandin will be available to sign books.
More information and registration forms are available at http://tinyurl.com/d8vtu2c or by contacting the Purdue Extension Lawrence County office at 812-275-4623.