More than 250 people, along with members of the media, traveled to the Nichols farm near Cygnet to listen to Dr. Temple Grandin as she presented her views on how livestock farmers should be working with the nonfarm public on animal care education. Grandin is an animal scientist from Colorado State University and a leading authority on animal care. Recently HBO released the movie “Temple Grandin” depicting her life story and how she overcame autism to become an expert in animal handling.
Wood County Farm Bureau, along with Wood County Beef Producers, Great Lakes Family Farm, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Ohio State University Extension and Bowling Green State University were sponsors of the event.
“Most of those in attendance wanted to hear Dr. Grandin talk about livestock handling facilities and her perception on the animal rights movement,” said Allen Gahler, Wood County Farm Bureau’s organization director. “She was amazing to listen to and had a lot to share.”
According to Gahler, farmers in attendance obtained some valuable information. “There were some great messages about specific practices and set up arrangements for handling facilities that every producer present could use. I would go so far as to say that even implementing one or two of the things Dr. Grandin discussed would have a significant impact on the quality of product raised and the value of that product in the farmer’s pocket.”
There was a strong Farm Bureau presence as members and staff covered the registration and emcee responsibilities. Wood County Farm Bureau provided bottles of water with the county Farm Bureau logo and distributed Buckeye Farm News and Our Ohio magazines to everyone in attendance.