PENDLETON — Farmers who want to learn a systems approach to beef cattle production should attend Clemson University Extension’s 2016 Cattlemen’s Boot Camp.

Hereford herd at Clemson University's Simpson Station

Learn a systems approach to beef cattle production during the 2016 Cattlemen’s Boot Camp March 24 in the T.Ed. Garrison Arena Cattle Complex.
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Slated for March 24 in the T. Ed. Garrison Arena Cattle Complex, the event is open to anyone interested in learning more about beef cattle production. Experts will cover a field of topics ranging from optimizing nutrition to marketing and economics, youth livestock judging, dealing with dystocia and more.

“We call it a ‘systems approach’ because everything on a farm works together to determine profit in the cattle business,” said Matthew Burns, state beef specialist with the Clemson Extension Service and coordinator for the event. “We’ll cover nutrition, economics and other topics all important for effective beef cattle production.”

This is the second year for the event, which was designed with a diverse audience in mind.

“We have a variety of activities planned,” Burns said. “We have a wide range of sessions designed to teach producers more about this approach to beef cattle production.”

In addition to producers, sessions for youth and women are included this year. One breakout session is titled, “Women in Agriculture.”

“We added this session because women are very much involved in agriculture,” said Lindsey Craig, Clemson livestock and forages agent. “There are women who are primary producers on farms as well as women who are supporters. The role of women is very diverse and very unique. There are women who work with livestock and women who do marketing and so on. We want women to know there is a place for them in agriculture. Women who attend will have an excellent opportunity to develop contacts as well as network with one another.”

The day begins with registration at 8 a.m. The sessions begin at 9:30 a.m. Youth enrolled in the Youth Sessions will depart for the Clemson University campus at 9:30 a.m. for a tour and ice cream. The youth sessions will be led by Meghan Wood, extension agent with 4-H Youth Development, and will provide cross-subject, contextual learning for many topics in the livestock industry. Several breakout sessions will be held in the afternoon.

The cost for the Boot Camp is $25 for youth and $35 for adults. March 21 is the deadline to register. For information, or to register, go to or contact Burns at 864-940-2428 or

The T. Ed. Garrison Livestock Arena is located at 1101 W. Queen St. in Pendleton. The cattle complex is a 42,000-square-foot multi-purpose facility located at the southwest corner of the Garrison Arena complex.

Find more information online in the agenda for Cattlemen’s Boot Camp 2016