The South Carolina poultry industry has a tremendous economic impact on the state. As of 2012, the chicken industry alone accounted for $493,040,600 in wages and a total economic impact of over $2.1 billion.
Clemson Livestock-Poultry Health serves as South Carolina's animal health authority, state meat and poultry inspection department, and the state's veterinary diagnostic center in fulfilling its role.
Livestock-Poultry Health has a major role in protecting the health of food animals (beef, poultry, swine, etc.), and other livestock which helps ensure not only their productivity but also their access to both domestic and export markets. These critical services to the agribusiness industry make significant impacts on economic activity in our state. LPH functions include conducting surveillance for diseases that affect both humans and animals, providing the diagnostic expertise that allows for treatment and eradication of disease in domestic animals, identifying diseases in wildlife that could affect humans or domestic animals, inspecting and testing the processing of meat and poultry products, and coordinating state agricultural animal emergency response as lead agency of ESF-17.