Noted animal scientist selected for Corley Chair

By Peter Kent

Dr. Susan DuckettNationally recognized animal scientist Susan Duckett has been selected as the Ernest L. Corley Jr. Trustees Chair for animal and veterinary sciences. Her research focuses on livestock nutrition and meat quality, especially the benefits of grass-fed cattle.

Duckett earned her undergraduate degree in animal science from Iowa State University, and her master’s and Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University. She held posts at the University of Idaho and the University of Georgia before joining Clemson.

Her contributions to “Pasture-Based Beef Systems for Appalachia,” a USDA cooperative research project, will help develop innovative, economically viable and environmentally sound practices to enhance the efficiency, profitability and sustainability of grassland-based beef production in this region.

Grass-fed beef has a higher nutritional value than its grain-fed counterpart, with 40% less fat and higher concentrations of omega-3, vitamin E, beta carotene and conjugated linoleic acid, a cancer-fighting compound. Grass-fed beef from Argentina sells for premium prices in U.S. restaurants and specialty markets.

“Appalachian beef could capture some of this market and increase the net income of farmers in this area,” Duckett said.

For information: Susan Duckett, 864-656-5151,