Good stockmanship matters with quiet cattle gaining more weight and safer to handle.

That was the key message from leading United States animal scientist and autism advocate, Temple Grandin, who visited the Upper South East last week.

Since her first trip to Australia nearly 40 years ago she said livestock handling and yard design had greatly improved, with many producers incorporating her curved raceways.

The Colorado State University professor said cattle had a natural tendency to go back to where they came from so it was important to have a race with two full half circles.

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