World-renowned cattle-care advocate Temple Grandin will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award during the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) upcoming Summer Conference in Denver, CO. Grandin, living with autism, has affected every sector of the beef industry by revolutionizing livestock care and food production practices at the international level. She recently gained recognition as the subject of the Emmy-nominated HBO film, Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes.

Grandin’s work has transformed the design of cattle handling facilities worldwide; 50% of the cattle in the U.S. and Canada are handled in equipment she has designed for meat plants. Grandin played an active role in the development of animal welfare guidelines for the meat industry, and serves as an animal-welfare consultant for international companies like McDonalds, Wendy’s International and Burger King.

Grandin has published several hundred industry publications, book chapters and technical papers on animal handling, plus 45 refereed journal articles in addition to seven books. She currently serves as a professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University where she continues her research while teaching courses on livestock handling and facility design. Her book Animals in Translation was a New York Times best seller.

The award ceremony will take place Saturday, July 31, during General Session II.