Beef Cattle Extension and Outreach Programs
Clemson Extension works with livestock producers to help them improve efficiency of production and increase total farm income. It is important to focus on food quality, animal welfare and being good stewards of the environment.
Clemson Extension helps producers to focus on product evaluation, assists with performance testing, records management, improving marketing, control of parasites, and using proper management skills and techniques. Information is distributed through a number of techniques such as newsletters, production meetings, workshops and individual farm visits.
Clemson Extension assists in forming producer organizations and serves in an advisory capacity to many agencies and organizations.
Programs and Resources
The Clemson Bull Test (CUBT) is located at the Clemson Beef Cattle Farm on the Simpson Experiment Station near Pendleton, SC. It is a 112-days feedlot test feeding a commodity byproduct-based bull test ration.
The Edisto Forage Bull Test (EFBT) located at the Edisto Research & Education Center near Blackville, SC is a unique approach to central gain testing bulls. It is a 168-days pasture-based test with limit-feeding of a commodity byproduct-based test ration at 1% of body weight. EFBT was developed, built and started in 1982 with the commercial cow-calf producer in mind. It utilizes the Southeast’s advantage in the cattle business which is the ability to grow high quality, lush forages year-round. EFBT was designed to performance test bulls in an environment in which bull buyers expect their progeny to perform.
Clemson Heifer Sale
The Clemson Heifer Sale is held following the Clemson Bull Test Sale at Garrison Livestock Arena – Cattle Complex near Clemson, SC on the first Saturday of February each year. These performance-tested, bred and open, yearling heifers consigned by SC cattlemen must meet minimum health and sale weight requirements.
Edisto Research Center Beef Cattle Operations
Information and resources on and from Clemson's Edisto Research Education Center's Beef Cattle division.
Clemson Beef Cattle Information Database
This is an internet information database of Clemson Extension beef cattle publications, information and connections to related internet web sites – such as breed associations, breed sire summaries, AI studs, equipment companies, animal health companies, other universities, USDA and organizations. It was created for the benefit of cattlemen, extension agents and agricultural professionals. Over 400 web pages have been published or linked. All projects listed here are referenced in this database.
The South Carolina Jr. 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. Some of the events include Sales Talk Contest, Jr. Cattlemen's Contest, Showmanship Contest, Breed Shows, and SC Beef Ambassador Contest.