Have you ever been able to tour inside a beef packing plant? Quite the opportunity if you get the chance. Of course there are undercover videos all over the web about the inside of the packing plants and show the mistreatment of animals – and they are horrible or setup. But that is a rarity in our industry.
Back in February 2011, I blogged about Oprah’s show where Cargill’s Nicole Johnson-Hoffman did an outstanding job of taking the viewers on a plant tour and explaining the process of humane animal handling.
Now thanks to the Meat News Network, you are able to get a tour of a packing facility presented by Dr. Temple Grandin, Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University and widely considered to be the world’s leading expert on humane animal handling at meat packing plants. This video provides an honest look at how cattle are handled at meat packing plants.
I especially like Dr. Grandin’s explanation of the difference of small vs. big packing plants (around 9:03). She explains that just because a plant is bigger, doesn’t mean it is going to care less about the humane treatment of those animals. The most important thing in both is that equipment is not over-loaded or under-staffed – the important part is management!
Read more from Dr. Grandin at www.grandin.com.