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
Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service offers an Advanced Reproductive Techniques Program specializing in artificial insemination (A.I.). Instructors include personnel from South East Select Sires Cooperative and Clemson University. The school consists of 16 hours of classroom lectures and 16 hours of laboratories in breeding technique, semen handling, synchronization of estrus and other aspects of artificial insemination. The 2018 course is currently full. If you would like to be added to our waiting list, please complete our online form.
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.
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.