Cattlemen’s Day attracts more than 150 people

By Peter Hull

Image depicts young cowboy taking a break from the festivities.The first Cattlemen’s Day was held Oct. 11 at the annual Forage Bull Test Sale, in partnership with Clemson Extension and the S.C. Cattlemen’s Association.

Forty-seven purebred bulls were sold at the auction, hosted by the Edisto Research and Education Center near Blackville. All the cattle passed strict tests in the months leading up to the auction but the average sale this year was $1,501, down $772 from last year.

“Unfortunately, the cattle industry is affected by an economic downturn just like everything else,” said Larry Olson, Extension animal scientist and Bull Testing Program coordinator.

Further, two years of drought in South Carolina has affected the number of cows in the state, which in turn has reduced the number of bulls required.

For information: Larry Olson, 803-284-3343, ext. 231,