Eight thousand nine hundred and seven samples later, the verdict is in: There's no hint of plum pox in South Carolina. Reaching the conclusion wasn't easy, but the search was essential. Plum pox is the most devastating viral disease of stone fruit in the world — and a potential disaster for South Carolina's important peach business.
Clemson's 2017 Edisto Forage Bull Test, an annual event that helps cattle farmers identify superior genetics, culminated with an auction that drew more than 100 visitors from three states as well as an online audience of buyers to the Edisto Research and Education Center in Blackville.
South Carolina officials have declared a statewide emergency quarantine of some wood products due the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive insect pest that inhabits and destroys native ash trees.
Clemson Livestock-Poultry Health, the state agency that oversees animal health issues, has suspended some of the requirements for the interstate movement of animals to accommodate evacuations ahead of Hurricane Irma.
The Department of Plant Industry (DPI) at Clemson University will hold a public hearing Friday, Sept. 29, regarding an emergency statewide quarantine for wood and wood products affected by the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive insect pest that inhabits and destroys native ash trees.
When a Hurricane Harvey happens here, will you be ready? South Carolina is every bit as vulnerable to hurricanes as Texas. Preparing for them is up to you. And the decisions you make affect not only you, but your animals, from your pet gerbil to your American Quarter Horse and everything in between.
Even the legendary grandiloquence of a proud Leghorn rooster may take a pause -- albeit a brief one -- before the power of a total solar eclipse.
Cleanliness, it's said, is next to godliness. It also can save lives. Advances in cleanliness — or more properly, "biosecurity" — drew more than 150 farmers and dairy industry professionals to the Satterwhite family farm in Newberry to discuss the future of milk production in the Palmetto State.
Myles Hutton of Easley was sixth highest-scoring individual in the 2017 National 4-H Forestry Invitational held July 30 through Aug. 3 at West Virginia University's Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp and Conference Center. Ethan Altman of Saluda and Ashton Hallman of Ward joined Hutton on the South Carolina team, which took ninth place nationally.
State veterinary officials are urging South Carolina horse owners to vaccinate their animals following the discovery of the first South Carolina case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in 2017. The case was identified Friday, July 21, in a horse from Dillon County, said Boyd Parr, State Veterinarian and director of Clemson University Livestock-Poultry Health.
Radhika Kakani devotes her career to detecting the tiniest evidence of disease and contamination. As head of the veterinary microbiology section of Clemson University Livestock-Poultry Health she is a sleuth in the state agency's ongoing battle to investigate disease and protect both animal and human health.
The late Clemson University Extension agent Marvin Cely once wrote, "Sometimes memories are all we have, that's why it is so important to make as many good ones as we can." Memories of the achievements of Cely and three of his county agent colleagues have led them to be named to the Frank Lever County Extension Agent Hall of Fame at Clemson University.
State apiary inspector Brad Cavin of Clemson University takes samples from bee hives across South Carolina as part of the National Honey Bee Survey, which seeks to measure honey bee health.
Animals may not know it, but they're as threatened by disease as you or I. And these days, those threats may come from anywhere: a common local disease, a re-emerging disease that once was under control or a new one brought in from the other side of the world. That's why Ellen Mary Wilson interacts closely with farmers and veterinarians who work daily with farm animals in South Carolina.
Before you can fight a disease, you have to identify the foe. For that, you need someone like Guillermo Rimoldi. Recently named the head of the histopathology section of the Veterinary Diagnostic Center, a unit of Clemson University Livestock Poultry Health in Columbia, Rimoldi is responsible for examining tissue samples of animals to diagnose potential diseases.