Temple Grandin’s Guide to Working with Farm Animals: Safe, Humane Livestock Handling Practices for the Small Farm

Temple Grandin’s Guide to Working with Farm Animals: Safe, Humane Livestock Handling Practices for the Small Farm

by Temple Grandin, 181 pages, 7½x10, softcover. To those at all familiar with humane livestock handling theory, Temple Grandin needs no introduction—but just in case: the CO St U professor of animal science is a proponent of autism awareness and humane animal handling, drawing on her experience as an autistic person to shed light on how animals perceive the world and react to their handlers. Her new book is geared toward small-scale commercial producers and contains much information about animal psychology and slaughter techniques that will be invaluable even to homesteaders with a few animals. The information is applicable to cattle, sheep, horses, goats, pigs, bison, and llamas, but she carefully observes differences among species—such as “sulking” behavior in goats (which I first observed at the age of seven when, lacking a pony, I tried to ride my parents’ dairy goats: I don’t blame them for being sulky). Learn how to use the pressure and flight zones of herd animals to move groups gently and easily; how to distinguish between fearful and aggressive animals; and how to bunch groups or turn individuals in open spaces like pastures. Later chapters cover design principles for chutes and other specialized handling facilities that reduce labor and keep animals calm for veterinary procedures, trailer loading, etc. A fabulous read for anyone wishing to understand animals better. -Alice Coyle


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