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March 27-28, 2019, Pendleton Convention Center in Pendleton, OR
GRAZING ANIMAL BEHAVIOR AND HUMANE LIVESTOCK HANDLING FACILITIES
Dr. Grandin is a designer of livestock handling facilities and a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. Facilities she has designed are located in the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries. In North America, almost half of the cattle are handled in a center track restrainer system that she designed for processing meat plants. Curved chute and race systems she has designed for cattle are used worldwide and her writings on the flight zone and other principles of grazing animal behavior have helped many people to reduce stress on their animals during handling.
A LEADER IN SOIL HEALTH AND HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT
Gabe Brown practices and promotes Holistic Management at his farm in North Dakota. He strives to solve problems in a natural and sustainable way. Improving soil health is a priority and no-till farming has been practiced since 1993. A diverse cropping strategy, which includes cover and companion crops are used. He has eliminated the use of synthetic fertilizers, fungicides, and insecticides. He minimizes the use of herbicides and is striving to eliminate their use, entirely. He does not use GMOs or glyphosate. His ever-evolving grazing strategy allows most of his pastures a recovery period of over 360 days. These strategies have allowed the health of the soil, the mineral and water cycles to greatly improve. The natural resources have benefited. This resulted in increased production, profit and a higher quality of life for us. He is moving towards sustainability for not only this generation but future generations as well.
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