Two of Colorado State University’s renowned professors, Gary Smith and Temple Grandin, have each donated $250,000 to support Animal Sciences Phase II Building construction and programs within the Department of Animal Sciences at CSU. The first phase of building construction, a renovated Animal Sciences Building, was unveiled on Sept. 17, reports the university.

Animal Sciences Phase II will be named the Gary and Kay Smith Global Food Innovation Center and will feature a complete livestock, poultry and meat processing center spanning harvesting and all processing; a culinary research and sensory analysis facility; an auditorium lecture hall and meat demonstration classroom; and a retail meat and dairy store and café.

The new building will also include the Temple Grandin Animal Handling and Education Center, with Grandin-designed livestock handling and teaching areas as well as a fully equipped livestock arena.

“The second phase of the Animal Sciences Building construction will be a space for teaching both our students and the general public about best practices for animal handling,” said Grandin. “We need a facility like this and the programs within it to maintain CSU’s status as a leader in animal sciences.”

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Source: Colorado State University via @MeatAMI