This Saturday, Feb. 6, when HBO’s "
A short trailer from the film is available.
“There’s not a rancher in this country that isn’t aware of her work. We have all been influenced by
The beef checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program sets cattle handling and beef quality standards that are followed throughout the beef production process—from farm to fork—to ensure cattle are receiving proper care.
“I thought the movie did a great job capturing the challenges
Grandin’s work has touched every segment of beef production, from the farm to the feedlot and, ultimately, the processing facility.
Cargill Beef is the second largest processor in North America and is one of the largest commercial cattle feeders in the
“Our facilities have been designed with Dr. Grandin’s philosophy in mind, and over the years we have continued to improve on this low-stress handling approach. We know these processes work based on how calm and quiet the cattle stay and ultimately how much easier it is for us to get our work done,” said Patsy Houghton, Ph.D. and owner of Heartland Cattle Company in
Heartland Cattle pioneered the heifer development business in the beef industry. Heartland’s heifer development and research center has bred more than 71,000 heifers and weaned more than 120,000 calves since its inception in 1990.
“When cattle arrive at one of our feedyards, they are moved through areas that are
Employing more than 650 professionals, JBS Five Rivers is the largest cattle feeder in the world with a combined feeding capacity of more than 839,000 head of cattle with locations in
Grandin’s unique understanding of animal behavior is used to teach low-stress handling techniques in feedlots, auction markets, and on farms and ranches across the country through the BQA Stockmanship and Stewardship program.
“We’ve always cared for our cattle but
By all accounts, the HBO film gets it right in portraying Dr. Grandin, her way of thinking and her approach to livestock handling. I spoke with
She also says Claire Danes, in the title role, delivers a remarkable performance. “She became me,” Grandin says. Danes spent hours with Grandin, and studied video and audio tapes of her earlier career. She worked with voice and motion coaches to master Grandin’s mannerisms and speech.
Grandin also notes the producers built accurate replicas of cattle-handling facilities and equipment using her early designs.
Anyone in the livestock business will want to see this tribute to one of our industry’s most compelling and influential personalities.
--John Maday, managing editor of Drovers, a sister publication of Dairy Herd Management