Meet the Livestock and Forages Extension Team

Matthew Burnsmattburns

Extension Animal Scientist - Beef Specialist
Program Team Leader

Clemson University Campus
192 Old Cherry Rd
Clemson SC 29634

Dr. Burns' appointment is 100% Extension.  Extension programming focuses on increasing adoption of best management practices to decrease the effects of fescue toxicosis on beef cattle operations, and using technology to increase "efficiency" within the cattle industry.  His programmatic responsibilities include Master Cattleman, Bovine Artificial Insemination School, Clemson University Bull Test Coordinator, and statewide beef cattle program development.  His areas of expertise are beef cattle management, reproduction, and forage/reproduction interactions in beef cattle.

John Andrae   john

Associate Professor - Extension Forage Specialist

Clemson University Campus
Poole & Ag Center 274
Clemson, SC 29634

Dr. Andrae has a 65% extension, 25% research and 10% teaching appointment. His extension program focuses on improving the management of forage crops for beef cattle, dairy cattle, horses and small ruminants. Primary areas of emphasis include fescue toxicosis, grazing management, and legume incorporation into grazing systems. Research areas of emphasis include examining grazing and novel endophyte management impacts on tall fescue toxicosis (impacts on both male and female reproduction recently emphasized), impact of various forage species and effects of grain supplementation on forage-based beef production, effects of grazing high sugar ryegrass cultivars on stocker performance, and evaluation of various forage legume and grass species for use in the Southeastern US. Dr. Andrae also teaches a senior/graduate level forage crop management course. 

Brian Beer beer

Area Livestock and Forage Agent
Regional Lead Agent - Lancaster County
Assistant Program Team Leader

Lancaster County Extension Office
107 S. French St.
Lancaster, SC 29720
Office: 803-283-3302 ext. 115

Brian is an area livestock and forage agent housed in Lancaster County.

Gary Colemangary coleman

Livestock and Forage Agent
Greenwood, Abbeville, McCormick, and Edgfield 

Office: Greenwood County
P.O. Boc 246,
Greenwood, SC 29648
864-223-3264 ext. 111

My job is to assist and be a Clemson Extension information resource base for the community and their livestock and forages needs. 
Programatic interest:  My programatic interest is to revive old associations that may not be active, and / or is in the need of increase youth membership for future existent . I want to put a focus on the growing interest and new data that’s geared towards small ruminates.
I enjoy working one on one with producers, by showing them how to make and keep their farms viable and profitable.

Lindsey Craig Lindsey Craig

Livestock and Forage Agent
Pickens, Oconee, Greenville, and Spartanburg

Office: Pickens County
222 West Main St.
Pickens, SC 29671
864-878-1394 ext. 116

Lindsey’s extension duties cover all livestock and forage areas across the upstate of South Carolina.  Her main interests are cattle and swine but she enjoys all livestock. Lindsey’s programmatic duties include swine AI and horse management. When not working Lindsey is taking care of her own cattle and horses or spending time with her husband Russell and two dogs, Hank and Belle.

Tina Horn tina horn

Dairy Agent - Statewide

Newberry County Extension Office
1860 Wilson Rd
Newberry, SC 29108
Office: 803-276-1091 ext.116

Tina's responsibilities are 100% Extension- 60% producer programming focused mainly on nutrition, mastitis and milk quality, facilities, and replacement heifer management, 30% youth programming including SC Dairy Heifer Project, junior breed associations, and state 4-H and FFA dairy contests, 10% industry relations and dairy outreach programs.

Danny Howard 

Danny Howard

Livestock and Forage Agent - Greenvillle
Regional Lead Agent - Upstate

Greenville County Extension Office
301 University Ridge
Suite 4300
Greenville, SC 29601
Office: 864-232-4431, ext 115

Mr. Howard performs administrative duties for Greenville, Spartanburg, Union, and Cherokee co.’s. County coordinator for Greenville Co. and works with county government in support of the extension program. He manages the Greenville Regional Business Center which maintains the financial records for nine counties. Danny is an active member of the livestock and forages team and works closely with small ruminants, backyard poultry, sustainable agriculture and honeybees in production, marketing and processing.  He enjoys fishing, gardening, hiking & kayaking in the Upstate, looking for indian artifacts, having fun with friends and is always on the lookout for good barbeque.

Charlotte A. Krugler, DVM, MPH, DACVPM krugler

Emergency Preparedness Veterinarian - Animal Health Programs

Clemson University Livestock-Poultry Health Division
PO Box 102406 (500 Clemson Road)
Columbia, SC 29224
Office:  (803) 726-7801 or (803)788-2260

Charlotte’s duties include collaborating with others to develop resources and mitigation plans for animals and agriculture that may be needed in natural or man-made disasters. She helps deliver biosecurity training for animal producers and assists non-commercial swine producers with information regarding animal management and disease questions.  She was trained in Plum Island, NY, as a Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostician. Before coming to Clemson in 2000 as Area Veterinarian for SC Meat-Poultry Inspection, she practiced small animal medicine and surgery in North Carolina. She is on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance of State Animal and Agriculture Emergency Programs (NASAAEP) and Co-Chair of the Southern Agriculture and Animal Disaster Response Alliance (SAADRA). 

Chris LeMaster Chris LeMaster

Area Livestock and Forage Agent
Cherokee and York

Cherokee County Extension Office
1100 W. Floyd Baker Blvd.
Gaffney, SC 29341
Office: 864-489-3141 Ext.113

Mr. LeMaster covers Cherokee and York counties.  His primary interests are ruminant nutrition and reproduction.  Mr. LeMaster is a native of Cherokee county and a Clemson alumnus.  He enjoys spending time outdoors whether it’s helping on the family farm, hunting, or on a horse. He looks forward to serving the people of these counties through the application of improved agricultural practices.

Travis Mitchell travis

Area Livestock and Forage Agent
Lexington, Richland, and Saluda

Saluda County Extension Office
201 East Church St.
Saluda, SC 29138
Office: 864-445-8117 Ext.113

Mr. Mitchell helps producers implement rotational grazing systems, improve beef cattle herd genetics, become better hay producers, and add value to their calf crop. His main goal is to help producers in hisi area become more efficient and profitable in their operations.

Patricia "Patty" Scharko, DVM, MPH, Diplomate ACVPMPatty Scharko

Clemson University Field Extension Veterinarian
Clemson University Livestock Poultry Health

Livestock Poultry Health
PO Box 102406, Columbia, SC 29224-2406
Shipping: 500 Clemson Road, Columbia, SC 29229
Office: 803-726-7803

Dr. Scharko is involved with beef cattle, goats and sheep production/management/herd health. Her major areas of activities include Beef Quality Assurance, Scrapie eradication, biosecurity, and FAMACHA/parasite control training in small ruminants.  Patty enjoys involvement with national organizations- currently as president-elect for AASRP (American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners) and AABP (American Association of Bovine Practitioners) parliamentarian.

Scott Sell scott sell

Area Livestock Agent and Edisto Bull Test Coordinator
Edisto Research Education Center

Edisto REC
64 Research Rd.
Blackville, SC 29817
(912) 682-9590

Mr. Sell is Coordinator and manager of the Edisto Forage Bull Test based at the Edisto Research Education Center in Blackville. He is also Area Livestock Agent for Bamberg, Barnwell, Orangeburg and Allendale counties. His primary interests and specialties are beef nutrition and ration development, beef reproduction and management, purebred beef cattle, and IT/Web/Social Media development for the bull test and livestock team. Outside of Extension he has a small Angus herd outside of Sylvania, GA,  with his wife Nancy and their 4 kids Josh, William, Sadie, and Haynes.

Bryan SmithBryan Smith

Area Extension Agent - Agriculture Engineer
Confined Animal Manure Manager Program Chair

Clemson Extension Service
219 W Laurens Street
Laurens, SC 29360
Office: 864-984-2514

Mr. Smith’s areas of expertise include irrigation, animal manure management, and livestock watering systems.  His primary focus is the coordination of the Confined Animal Manure Manager program, a State-wide training program for confined animal facility operators required by State Regulation R.61-43 (  He provides State-wide assistance with irrigation system concepts for agricultural, residential, and commercial areas and provides training for the Master Gardener program.  He also serves as the County Coordinator for day-to-day operations for the Laurens Extension office, and provides assistance in that county in the areas of horticulture and general questions. 

Amber Starnes amber

Area Livestock and Forage Agent
Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, and Marlboro

Chesterfield County Extension Office
100 Main St.
PO Box 149
Chesterfield, SC 29709
Office:  843-623-2134 ext 111

Amber is an area livestock and forages agent that covers all areas of livestock.  Workshops she is involved in include backyard poultry workshop series, small ruminant workshop series, horse care and management, forage production workshops, cattle production workshops and serves as the private applicator pesticide coordinator for Chesterfield and Marlboro counties.  She also serves as county coordinator for Chesterfield County. 

Lee VanVlake lee

Area Livestock and Forage Agent - Pee Dee Region
Florence County

Florence County Extension Office
2685 South Irby St., Ste K
Florence, SC 29505
Phone: 843-661-4800 ext 124

Lee is an area livestock and forages agent that has programmatic responsibilities that cover all livestock species.  He is involved in several workshops that include backyard poultry workshop series, small ruminant workshop series, horse care and management, forage production workshops, cattle production workshops, forage demonstrations, field days, and 4-H livestock. Lee also serves as the private applicator pesticide coordinator for Florence County.  He also serves on the Confined Animal Manure Manager Team that host programs across the state.

Morris Warner morris warner

Livestock and Forage Agent
County Coordinator - Oconee County

Oconee County
Clemson Cooperative Extension Service
301 C WS Broad Street
Walhalla, SC 29691
Phone: 8640638-5889  ext 112

Mr. Warner is county coordinator for Oconee Co., and works with county government, volunteers and local staff to support of the extension program. Mr. Warner is an active member of the livestock and forages team and provides educational support to the Oconee Cattlemen’s Association and the Oconee Beekeepers Association. Additionally, Mr. Warner serves as the Private Pesticide Applicator Training Coordinator for Oconee. He is also very active in emergency planning and response at the local and state level.

Cassie Wycoff cassie wycoff

Area Livestock and Forage Agent
Laurens, Newberry, and Union

Laurens County
Clemson Cooperative Extension Service
Office: 864-984-2514  ext 117
Cell: 919-673-1937

Cassie is an area agent with livestock and forage programming responsibilities in Laurens, Union & Newberry counties.  Her primary areas of expertise include equine management, animal nutrition and pasture management.  She is the co-coordinator of the Horse 101 Series and is also the Pesticide Applicators Training Coordinator for Laurens County.