Farm and Ranch Expo highlights agriculture

By Diane Palmer

miniature Scottish highlander bull, photo by Diane PalmerPet owners, home owners, landscapers, farmers and ranchers gathered at the second annual SC Farm and Ranch Expo this fall to learn about new equipment, products and techniques.

“Agriculture is the second largest industry – second to tourism,” said R.D. Morrison, coordinator of the event at Clemson’s Garrison Livestock Arena. Clemson Extension and the Pickens County Cattlemen’s Association sponsored the event.

Beef seminars focused on chute side management and herd health. Horse seminars included round-pen training and other management practices taught by horse trainer Mike McKenzie.

The event benefited the National Cattlemen’s Foundation and American Quarter Horse Association Therapeutic Riding Program that helps children with physical and mental challenges.

“I want to thank the Pickens County Cattlemen’s Association for what they’re doing to highlight the importance of agriculture in our state,” Gov. Mark Sanford said. “Their efforts to raise money for these charities are to be commended.”

For more information: Clemson Extension, 864-878-1304, ext. 114, or R.D. Morrison, rdm95573@bellsouth.net.