Livestock & Forages Extension and Outreach Programs

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Clemson Extension employs approximately 15 extension agents with primary livestock and forage responsibilities in South Carolina. Six additional agents serve multiple counties in the state and focus exclusively on forage and livestock outreach.

All area and county agents work closely with state extension specialists and researchers. Agents provide expertise in topics ranging from beef cattle, dairy cattle, equine, small ruminant, poultry and pork production.  Establishment, management and efficient utilization of grazing and hay crops like bermudagrass, bahiagrass, alfalfa and tall fescue are also areas of expertise for many of the agents.

State Livestock and Forage Program Team Leader:
Matthew Burns, (864) 656-1743 or Find us on Facebook icon


Extension compiling list to help farmers locate and purchase undamaged hay

This past weekend’s historic flooding event ruined tens of thousands of hay bales. Image Credit: Marion Barnes / ClemsonBy Jim Melvin CLEMSON – With fall fully entrenched and winter on the way, livestock producers will be depending more and more on stores of hay to keep their animals healthy and well fed until spring. But this past weekend’s historic flooding event – which targeted South Carolina with a vengeance – ruined tens of [Read More]


Clemson Extension expanding, adapting to state needs

Thomas DobbinsBy Scott Miller CLEMSON — Clemson University Extension will hire specialists across the state and expand programming to better meet the needs of South Carolina’s residents and economy in a five-year strategic plan approved by university leaders. Youth development efforts will increase with added 4-H programming, particularly in rural areas, said Extension Director Thomas Dobbins. Extension also is adding [Read More]


Clemson helping SC prepare for nuclear disaster – just in case

The Robinson Nuclear Plant is in Darlington County near Florence. Photo courtesy of Duke Energy.By Jim Melvin COLUMBIA – South Carolina has four fixed nuclear power plants and one federal facility, making it one of the nation’s top producers of nuclear energy. In addition, there are three more power plants situated near our state’s borders. Nuclear fission accounts for about 50 percent of S.C.’s electrical energy. That’s a lot [Read More]


Healthier soil, tastier forage and a more efficient cattle operation

Attendees of ExtensionBy Scott Miller BLACKVILLE — A pasture is much more than grass. It’s a complex ecosystem of living organisms vital to soil, forage and animal health. Pastures often aren’t treated as such, however. They’re overgrazed, over-tilled and overworked, leading to nutrient loss in soil, water runoff, poor forage yields and inadequate weight gain in cattle. [Read More]


State veterinarian urges vaccination of S.C. horses

Vaccination can prevent mosquito-borne diseases like Eastern Equine Encephalitis in horses. Image Credit: Clemson UniversityCOLUMBIA — With the return of the mosquito-borne disease season, Boyd Parr, S.C. state veterinarian and director of Clemson University Livestock Poultry Health, urges horse owners to maintain current vaccinations for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), West Nile Virus (WNV) and rabies for their horses. South Carolina led the country in 2013 with 49 confirmed cases [Read More]


Clemson Bull Test draws record crowd, prices

A record crowd and record prices welcomed the 43 bulls and 19 heifers in the 2015 Clemson University Bull Test at the T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena. Image Credit: Clemson UniversityIn the most closely watched test so far this semester, all the students passed with flying colors. Then they were sold. The 2015 Clemson University Bull Test saw 43 bulls and 19 heifers graduate Feb. 7 at the T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena, drawing nearly 400 South Carolina cattle producers and record prices at auction. [Read More]


S.C. producers set to beef up cattle inventories

Cattle at Clemson's Simpson Experiment Station.South Carolina’s $140 million cattle industry is poised to grow with market demand on the rise. A new report shows U.S. cattle and calve inventories increasing for the first time since 2007. “I know that producers are beginning to retain females in order to increase production numbers due to the market demand,” said Matthew Burns, [Read More]


Record year for Clemson bull sale at Edisto

A forage-fed bull at Edisto Research and Education Center.Area livestock agent and Edisto Bull Test coordinator Scott Sell has reason to be proud. “It was a great year for us,” he said. “We shattered all our past records.” Nearly 200 potential buyers attended the sale at the Edisto Research and Education Center in October and 350 more watched online. “We sold 40 bulls [Read More]


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