Temple Grandin talks lamb processing

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  Dr. Temple Grandin participates in a tour of a lamb processing plant.
Dr. Temple Grandin takes viewers behind the scenes at a lamb processing plant. Click here to see the video
WASHINGTON – Dr. Temple Grandin, professor of animal science at Colorado State Univ. and long-time MEAT+POULTRY contributor, takes viewers through a lamb processing plant in the latest installment of the North American Meat Institute’s (NAMI) “Glass Walls” video series.

The video shows each step in the slaughter process, including the unloading of the trucks, the handling of lamb in the pens, the stunning process, food safety practices and the steps involved in breaking a carcass down into cuts of lamb.

“We recognize that consumers want greater transparency about how their meat and poultry products are produced and this video aims to satisfy that desire,” said Barry Carpenter, NAMI president and CEO.  “During the last 25 years, our industry has worked proactively with Dr. Grandin to develop voluntary guidelines, an audit program and training materials aimed at improving the welfare of livestock in our care. Dr. Grandin has documented a sustained trend of improvements in animal care and handling and we are proud that she has agreed to tell the story in her own words.”

Grandin has narrated other “Glass Walls” videos including a tour of a beef processing plant. The “Glass Walls” project is a series of videos that seeks to bring transparency to the meat processing industry by showing animal care and handling processes used in meat packing plants.  Other “Glass Walls” videos focus on pork and turkey plants and the series has generated more than a 1.2 million views online.  

Below is the video in its entirety.  

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By Jenny 5/10/2016 2:20:01 PM
Thank YOU Dr. Grandin! We own a small beef/hog/sheep/goat processing plant near Bozeman, MT. We consulted with your staff in the creation of our animal holding pens that lead to a pair of kill boxes that you designed. On day 1 of use, the rancher who brought his 2 finished fat heifers unloaded the animals from his trailer, and they were ready for processing in less that 2 minutes each after passing smoothly through the Grandin-designed pens. His previous visit to a plant with a different configuration for animal holding, it had taken 45 minutes of high-stress work to just unload the animals out of his travel trailer. Dr. Grandin knows her stuff!!!!!!!