The United Nations’ International Women’s Day is celebrated on the 8th of March every year, this year it is a Sunday. Muyiwa Folorunso celebrates women at Porkmoney, Porkoyum and LandLagos.
First celebrated in 1975 during International Women’s Year, the day is now observed all over the world. The day was designated to be an official day for women’s rights and world peace.
This year’s theme is “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”.
UN Women says the day is a time to:
- challenge gender norms
- empower each other
- celebrate diversity
- break stereotypes
- reject the binary
- take action
By celebrating women’s successes, highlighting inequality and raising awareness of bias, we can all help to bring about change. We are firmly of this belief at Porkmoney, and even though complete gender equality may not be achieved for another century, we are taking action and celebrating all the women who work at Porkmoney, as well as our women investors, and women farmers and all women in agriculture. This is why we are highlighting the achievements of one of the most prominent women in the agriculture industry – Temple Grandin.
‘’I think using animals for food is an ethical thing to do, but we’ve got to do it right. We’ve got to give those animals a decent life, and we’ve got to give them a painless death. We owe the animals respect.’’ This is one of Ms. Grandin’s most iconic quotes. Temple Grandin’s professional life has been spent exclusively in the livestock component of the agriculture industry. She is a professor of animal science.
Temple Grandin was one of the first scientists to report on the environmental factors that affect livestock. She reported that animals are affected by dangling chains, shadows and other visual distractions in animal handling facilities.
Grandin studied the effects of environmental enrichment on pigs. The title of her dissertation for her Ph.D. was “Effect of Rearing Environment and Environmental Enrichment on the Behaviour and Neural Development in Young Pigs”.
She pioneered several concepts about the industry like the idea that a livestock’s previous experience with handling could have an effect on how it will react to being handled in the future. This was published in one of her numerous papers for scientific journals. Another concept that bears her imprimatur was one of the early studies that demonstrated that cattle who remained calm during handling, had higher weight gains.
Grandin’s book, Humane Livestock Handling, details behaviour of cattle and provides a visual guide in the form of construction plans and diagrams for the implementation of her ideas relating to humane livestock handling. Beyond this, she has over 60 scientific papers on a range of other animal behaviour subjects including the influence of stress prior to slaughter on meat quality, religious slaughter, mothering behaviour of beef cows, and cattle temperament.
Grandin is a recipient of many awards and an inductee into several halls of fame work. Her work is widely used to design slaughterhouses, meant to add compassion to the slaughter of livestock. A professor of animal science at the Colorado State University, Temple Grandin has put in over 40 years of high-value service into the livestock industry. Her passion for animal welfare and ethical beef production remain unmatched in the industry.
What we do at Porkmoney upholds some of the principles of Dr. Grandin’s work. The pigs are well cared for and slaughtered in a healthy environment. Our pigs are happy pigs and Porkoyum consumers are happy people.
Muyiwa Folorunso, Porkmoney CEO, congratulates women of Porkmoney, Porkoyum, and Landlagos. He likens the companies’ women to great revolutionaries like Temple Grandin, Rosa Parks, and Harriet Tubman, and hails Porkmoney’s women investors as pioneers.