Dr. Temple Grandin uses Seaboard Triumph Foods for animal handling training.


Seaboard Triumph Foods (STF) hosted Dr. Temple Grandin, animal behavior expert, and Colorado State University animal science professor, to train industry professionals on auditing animal handling.

Attendees for the training included professionals from OSI Group, Lopez Foods, National Beef, Fair Oaks Foods, Smithfield, NSF, Fulton Market Group (FMG), Mérieux Nutri Sciences (MXNS), and Food Safety Net Services (FSNS).

Dr. Grandin worked with Caleb Lara, STF animal welfare and barns manager, Kodi Mozingo, Triumph Foods director of animal welfare, Gerard Polkinghorne, STF director of food safety and quality assurance, Shawn Smith, STF director of hog procurement, Stan Scott, STF general manager, Frank Koekkoek, STF vice president and general manager, and other auditor trainers to show attendees proper receiving, unloading, moving, and monitoring of pigs in the STF stockyards, a facility she helped design.

After the hands-on training, Dr. Grandin presented to the group about her auditing experiences in the meat industry, and what differences they will see from one plant to the next.

“I was very impressed by the handling that was happening out there today,” said Dr. Grandin during her recap of the day.

Located in the Bridgeport Industrial Park in Sioux City, Iowa, and established on Sept. 5, 2017, Seaboard Triumph Foods (STF) is a joint venture between Seaboard Foods, headquartered in Merriam, Kan., and Triumph Foods, St. Joseph, Mo.

STF is a proud producer of Prairie Fresh® pork products and employs over 2,200 Siouxland residents. Built on safety, quality, diversity, community, and sustainability, STF’s vision is to create a place where we all belong, working as one, to build our future. Learn more at siouxcitypork.com.

Dr. Temple Grandin (center) with event attendees.

Shawn Smith – STF Director of Hog Procurement (left) with Dr. Temple Grandin and Frank Koekkoek – STF vice president and general manager (right).

Dr. Temple Grandin during her recap of the hands on training.