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 


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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