July 28 Thursday Speakers
Professor, Colorado State University, Department of Animal Sciences
Temple Grandin is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University. When she was two and a half years old, she had no speech and all the symptoms of severe autism. Early intensive speech therapy enabled her to speak by age four. Her mother always encouraged her interest in art and urged her to draw many different things. Good teachers and mentors were essential for Temple’s success. Her high school science teacher challenged her with interesting projects where she had to figure out how to make things work. When studying in school became a pathway to becoming a scientist, she was motivated to study.
An HBO movie titled Temple Grandin was made about her life and Temple was inducted into The National Women’s Hall of Fame and The Academy of Arts and Sciences. Facilities she has designed handle over half the cattle in the U.S. Some of her most important books are New York Times Bestseller Animals in Translation, Thinking in Pictures, The Autistic Brain, and The Way I See It. Riding horses and caring for them helped her get through difficult teenage years when she was bullied and teased.
July 29th Friday Speakers
Novus C.O.W.S. Program Manager
Justine Kelsey is the Program Manager for the Novus C.O.W.S. Program on the East Coast. Novus International was born in 1991 out of the Scientific Heritage of Monsanto and has been owned and managed by Mitsui and Co, (USA) Inc. and Nippon Soda Co, Ltd for over 30 years. Novus boasts a portfolio leveraged across multiple species in global markets specifically HMTBA Methionine in Ruminants along with organic trace minerals.
The C.O.W.S. Program is uniquely designed at unlocking bottlenecks in cow comfort, productivity and animal wellbeing. For six years, Justine has been exposed to thousands of dairies across the United States becoming a subject matter expert in facility design, layout, farm management and the impacts of management choices on cow-based welfare metrics, including lying behavior and locomotion performance.
Justine graduated with a Bachelors in Animal Science from Cornell University and a juris doctorate from Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Justine has been employed in the dairy industry for over 20 years with various companies including direct to farm sales with Elanco, managing her family’s dairy in Canastota, NY and working in litigation in Syracuse, NY. Justine actively owns and shows Holstein, Red and White and Jersey cattle and in her spare time enjoys marketing genetics globally.