2003 19th Annual Spring Forage Conference

430 Attend 19th Annual Spring Forage Conference

On February 20, staff members and producers from Polk, Dallas and many surrounding counties attended the Spring Forage Conference in Springfield. About 40 landowners attended from Polk and Dallas Counties alone! A variety of speakers presented topics surrounding forage production and marketing, and exhibitors showed products and programs also relating to forages, grazing, and livestock production.


The keynote address was given by Dr. Temple Grandin, Associate Professor, Animal Science, at Colorado State University. Dr. Grandin is a designer of livestock handling facilities who obtained her BA at Franklin Pierce College and her MS in Animal Science at Arizona State University. Dr. Grandin received her Ph.D. in Animals Science from the University of Illinois in 1989.

Today she teaches courses on livestock behavior and facility design at Colorado State University and consults with the livestock industry on facility design, livestock handling, and animal welfare. She has appeared on television shows such as 20/20, 48 Hours, CNN Larry King Live, and has been featured in People Magazine, the New York Times, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, and Time Magazine. Interviews with Dr. Grandin have been broadcast on National Public Radio. She has also authored over 300 articles in both scientific journals and livestock periodicals on animal handling, welfare, and facility design. She is the author of “Thinking in Pictures,” “Livestock Handling and Transport,” and “Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals.”

See more information on her web page here.

Dr. Grandin (right) shares information about livestock slaughter facilities with another speaker, Anastasia Becker.