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Temple Grandin to speak 2012 International Livestock Identification Association Conference July 24

South Dakota Department of Agriculture

PIERRE, SD – Dr. Temple Grandin will be speaking at the International Livestock Identification Association’s (ILIA) annual conference on July 24 at 8:30 a.m. (MDT) in Rapid City, SD.

ILIA is making 50 tickets available to livestock producers for Grandin’s speech and a book signing. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased by contacting Susan Zilverberg at 605-773-5425.

Grandin is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University. She has built a worldwide reputation as a livestock-handling facilities designer and animal handling expert. In North America, almost half of all slaughter cattle are handled using the center track restrainer system she designed.

In 2010, TIME magazine named her one of the world’s “100 Most Influential People” and HBO completed a documentary on her life called Temple. She has authored more than 400 articles in scientific journals and livestock periodicals on animal handling, welfare and facility design.

ILIA is an organization of member states, provinces, and Native American Tribal Nations where livestock brand recording, livestock identification and livestock inspection are recognized by legislation. ILIA encourages and supports enforcement of livestock ownership and identification legislation.

The organization is proud to have created the “Tom Spencer Endowment Fund,” which is funded yearly through the ILIA conference and charity auction. The fund is used to provide post-secondary scholarships to young adults across the U.S. and western Canada who are direct family descendants of ILIA members.

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The ILIA’s annual conference is scheduled from July 22-25. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

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