Our sheep sorting system (corral, etc) was designed by world famous animal behavioralist Temple Grandin. In August 2010 Dr. Grandin visited Dalla Terra Ranch and set out design recommendations and plans for owner Sharon Krause to follow in constructing the facility.
Having now constructed and used the new system, Sharon Krause is thrilled with the results. “We used our new corral for the first time last week and the results were amazing…the animals moved through quietly and without agitation or fear. There was no fighting to turn back, no bawling, no injured animals. It was the most peaceful working of the sheep we have ever experienced. Thank you Temple for your wonderful advice and insight into how to improve what was previously an unpleasant event for the livestock.”
Named by TIME magazine as one of the World’s 100 Most Influential People of 2010, 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 meat plants. Curved chute and race systems she has designed for cattle and sheep 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.