Test plots at the Coast Station Summerville. Effect of potash on growth of white clover (1952). Image from Clemson University Special Collections.
With proper management and improved forages, beef cattle can find something to eat in Southeastern pastures twelve months out of the year. That is a real advantage for Southeastern beef producers. In addition the natural and forage fed beef market it growing at a rate of about twenty percent per year.
Clemson University researchers are looking at ways to improve the ability to produce forage fed beef in the Southeastern U.S. This beef will be healthier for consumers and more profitable for Southeastern beef producers. Search for forage and cattle genetics has already begun across the state at Clemson's research farm. Reseachers are studying which forage crops are best suited to produce forage fed beef and how these forages interact with meat quality.
More than ever consumers want their beef produced without antibiotics and pesticides and they want it produced locally. Clemson researchers are helping farmers meet this need and hopefully turn a better profit. Can we do it? The proof will be on the plate.
For more information, visit the Cooperative Extension Livestock & Forage website.