Temple Grandin Humane Animal Handling System Adds Value to Waseda Farms Wisconsin
Waseda Farms® invited Dr. Grandin and Mark Deesing to design one of their cattle handling systems, the first in the state of Wisconsin.
Baileys Harbor, WI -- “We do everything we can to reduce the stress of the animals. That’s why we chose the Temple Grandin Handling System, designed by the world’s leading animal handling researcher, Dr. Temple Grandin.” - Tom Lutsey, Founder
In 2008, Waseda Farms® invited Dr. Temple Grandin and her team to create Wisconsin’s smallest animal handling system to reduce stress in their organic grass-fed livestock. Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, is a world leader in the creation of humane animal handling systems.
It may shock some to know that animals have stress, just like people. Waseda Farms® works hard to ensure that their organic and grass-fed animals are able to live a stress-free life on their farm. They believe that endorphins and adrenaline from stress adversely affect both the tenderness and flavor of the meat. The design of the system helps ensure a stress-free life.
Dr. Grandin discovered that cattle go in circles to calm themselves down. Through extensive research and the help of her custom design consultant, the Temple Grandin Handling System was designed with no corners, so they are always going in circles. The system also has solid walls so there are no shadows, which can spook cattle. The system also allows for just one person to safely manage and inspect the entire herd, saving time and money.
Waseda Farms® invited Dr. Grandin and Mark Deesing to design one of their cattle handling systems, the first in the state of Wisconsin, and the smallest they had ever created. Numerous universities have visited Waseda Farms to see their small scale system at work.
“The Temple Grandin Handling system was an amazing addition to the farm. It keeps our staff safe, it allows them to efficiently check on the health of the herd, and because our cattle begin going through the chute after 5 months they are comfortable with the system later in life,” according to Matt Lutsey, President of Waseda Farms, “and making sure that our cattle are stress free, as they get older, will ensure that we have tender and delicious beef for our customers.”
Dr. Temple Grandin
Temple Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, is a world leader in animal handling systems and prolific researchers and authors. One of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, Dr. Grandin’s early life and career with the livestock industry is captured in HBO’s seven-time Emmy-winning movies, Temple Grandin. To learn more, visit her website at www.grandin.com.
Mark J. Deesing
Mark J. Deesing, a custom design consultant for Grandin Livestock Handling Systems, Inc., has designed hundreds of handling facilities for all types of livestock, wildlife, and zoo species. He and Dr. Grandin co-authored two books together: Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals (Academic Press, 1998) and Humane Livestock Handling (Storey Publishing, 2008), along with several refereed journal articles on cattle behavior. Find more at grandinlivestockhandlingsystems.com.
About Waseda Farms
Waseda Farms is a certified organic farm in Door County Wisconsin. The farm produces certified organic meat and eggs, including organic grass fed Black Angus beef, Berkshire Pork, and tri colored organic eggs. Order organic meat online or visit the farm market stores in Baileys Harbor and De Pere, Wisconsin. Offering nation-wide overnight delivery when ordering organic meat online.
Waseda Farms is an open farm, visit the market, garden, and walking trails.
Tours can be made by appointment. Open every day from 10am-5pm
Waseda Farms & Country Market
7281 Logerquist Rd
Baileys Harbor, WI 54202
Curbside Pickup De Pere
Waseda Farms De Pere Market and butcher shop offers organic Black Angus grass-fed beef, pork, chicken, turkey, eggs, and more.
Open Mon-Friday 8am-2pm
Waseda Farms Market
330 Reid St
De Pere, WI 54115