For anyone who knows Dr. Temple Grandin's work with the livestock industry I thought I would let you know she will be speaking at Pineland in New Gloucester on May 13th. The topic is Animal Handling and Optimizing Your Setup.The event is free but you do have to reserve a spot.
If you aren't familiar with her she is an amazing person with Autism who was profiled in a wonderful HBO documentary. She also has written several books including 'Animals in Translation'. I read it last year and found it very interesting and though provoking. She has spent much of her life trying to improve the end of life care of beef cattle and other livestock. To think that she was able to change the minds of cattlemen especially back in the 70's is amazing. One of her beliefs is that most humans have lost the ability to see things and experience things from an animal point of view. As a result we design enclosures that suit our needs but not the needs of animals.
For anyone with ties to Autism or related disorders such as Asperger's she will also be giving a talk on "Autism and My Sensory Based World" at USM Portland in the afternoon of the 13th. Tickets are $35 and only 500 are available. This one is sponsored by Northeast Speech and Hearing.
I am planning on going to both. The first because I am interested in hearing her thoughts on animal handling and the second because I have Asperger's.