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Youth Beef Cattle Program

Junior Beef Round-Up  

Junior Beef Round-Up is usually held the first weekend of August each year at Clemson University's T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena near Clemson, SC. Clemson University's Cooperative Extension Service organizes and coordinates this weekend of beef cattle activities for 4-H/FFA members and their families. In addition to the great camaraderie, there are many opportunities for junior cattlemen to win college scholarships, savings bonds, livestock supplies and show equipment. Follow this link for more information including the Handbook and Registration.  

Market Steer Project

The South Carolina Market Steer Project is an educational livestock project that teaches youth not only how to care for, train, and show beef steers but also helps develop valuable life skills. In 2016, the market steer project put $23,000 back into our youth’s pockets. An average over $2,000 per youth. This is an excellent project for your livestock clubs to look into.

If any youth are interested but do not have access to a steer, please let me know. As long as they have the ability and facilities to care for a beef animal, we can reach out to our project supporters to obtain an animal for those who are interested. Market Steer

2017 Market Steer Handbook

2017 Registration Packet

Marketing Your Animal from University of Florida
Writing Better Buyer's Letters by Al De Antoni

Market Steer


Beef Cattle Outlook and Risk Management Program
Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service Livestock and Forages Team will conduct a three hour Beef Cattle Outlook and Risk Management Program. The program has been developed to take an in depth look at the current status of the cattle market and important management decisions related to this. Topics to be covered include: current status of cattle market, economics of back grounding, marketing opportunities for feeder calves, market outlook, benefits of using annual forages/grasses.

This program will be offered in two locations. Registration is free for all participants but a head count is necessary for the meal. Please contact the appropriate individual listed below to register.  

On Tuesday, April 21, 2015 in Sumter at the Swan Lake Visitors Center.  The address is 822 West Liberty Street, Sumter, SC 29510.  Please call Lee Van Vlake at (843) 661-4800 ext 0 or email to register. 

On Monday, April 20, 2015 in Greenwood at the Northwest Volunteer Fire Department.  The address is 201 Oakwood Drive, Greenwood, SC 29649.  Please call Gary Coleman at (864) 223-3264 or email  


Georgia Junior Beef Futurity
The Georgia Junior Beef Futurity is hosted cooperatively between Georgia FFA and Georgia 4-H. Members from Southeastern states: Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee are also invited to compete. Visit their website for more information. 

Curriculum Resources

National 4-H Curriculum: Beef Cattle
Ohio State University Extension: Beef Cattle Resources
Oklahoma State University: Breeds of Beef Cattle

Beef Related Scholarships

South Carolina Cattlemen's Foundation Scholarship
South Carolina Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarships
South Carolina State Fair (Farm Bureau) Beef Scholarship 


Cattlemen's Beef Board
South Carolina Beef Council
South Carolina Cattlemen's Association