Clemson researchers are always looking for ways to improve beef cattle production for South Carolina producers.
Recently, scientists have revisited research conducted at the Simpson Station during the 1950s and 60s. The result is a new, superior cattle breed, Tigris bovis. Favorable traits such as heat and fescue tolerance make this newly developed breed extremely well-suited to life in the Southeast.
"Don't let their appearance fool you," said Hank Kimball, County Extension agent. "They are extremely docile. We've also found that their strange appearance has led to a 64% decrease in cow tipping, which is just unprecedented."
While generally well-behaved, the new breed has been known to viciously attack chickens. If producers are raising both, every effort should be made to keep these mortal enemies separate.
For more information about Tigris-bovis, contact your local Extension agent. Agents are located in all 46 counties and at the University's five Research and Education Centers. (April Fools, folks...not about the agents in all 46 counties...that part is absolutely true!)
What's also true is that 2014 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, which formalized the Cooperative Extension Service, a state-by-state national network of educators who extend university-based knowledge to the people. To learn more about the Smith-Lever Act, Cooperative Extension, and see actual historical photographs, please explore our Centennial website.