056Humane Handling and respectful treatment of animals from birth to harvest is an important part of our Mission. KM Farms believes in the recommendations of expert Dr. Temple Grandin, a designer of livestock handling facilities and a Professor of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University, and has adopted many of her livestock handling systems and techniques. As Dr. Temple Grandin notes, animals have a natural process of movement and respond cooperatively when shadows and loud noises are eliminated from their environment. Human handling requires quiet human demeanor to handle the cattle, and persons able to “read” an animal as it progresses through the corrals and loading chutes. Personnel are properly placed in relationship to each animal and move the “lead” animal through the chute, as it is instinctual for livestock to follow the animal in front of them and these techniques eliminate the use of force or electrical prods greatly reducing stress or anxiety for each animal.

079In addition to humane handling during their time on the farm, humane handling continues for cattle on the way to harvest as they are treated with respect and gentle care to reduce and eliminate stress during all phases of the process starting with a pre-loading inspection of the condition and sanitation of each trailer and upon arrival to a Montana processing facility.