Grandin receives CCAs Honorary Life Member Award

Jun 25, 2010
by WLJ

The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) honors one individual during their annual convention by awarding them the CCA Honorary Life Member award, the highest honor among CCA members. During the 2010 annual convention held in Pueblo, CO, CCA bestowed this award to Dr. Temple Grandin.

Grandin is a pioneer in the livestock industry for her work as a livestock handling equipment designer. Her professional training as an animal scientist and her history as a person with autism have given her a perspective like that of no other expert in the field.

“Dr. Grandin is truly an asset to the livestock industry,” commended Tim Canterbury, CCA president, while honoring Grandin. “We appreciate all that she has done to help us ensure animals are treated humanely.”

Grandin is currently a professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University where she continues her research while teaching courses on livestock handling and facility design.

She is one of the world’s leading designers of livestock handling facilities, having designed livestock facilities throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Mexico, Australia and various other countries. In North America, almost half the cattle are handled in equipment she has designed for harvesting facilities.

Recently, Grandin was the focus of a semi-biographical HBO film titled “Temple Grandin,” which depicts how she thinks in pictures, as well as her innate sensitivity and understanding of animal behavior. She has been honored all over the country for her outstanding work in animal behavior and autism. Being the most accomplished and wellknown adult with autism in the world also landed her in the 2010 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

CCA applauds Grandin in her outstanding efforts in the livestock handling world, and as an advocate for people with autism. She truly is an amazing woman who has transformed our world in so many ways. — WLJ