Clemson University’s Cooperative Extension welcomes new area livestock and forages agent
Monday, July 21, 2014 12:00 AM
Gary Coleman, the livestock and forages agent with the Clemson Cooperative Extension, stands in front of the Clemson Tiger topiary in Uptown Greenwood.
(MADDY JONES | INDEX-JOURNAL)
Gary J. Coleman was 15 years old when he first began working on his own farm. It’s a trade he grew to love, feeding calves and baby goats, and nurturing them into fully grown farm animals.
Now the 33-year-old Saluda County native has a livestock operation in Anderson County that includes cattle ranches, a meat plant and goat herding. Last month, Coleman was named the area livestock and forages agent for Clemson University’s Cooperative Extension program.
“I enjoy fattening cattle to get them ready to go to the feed yards out west,” he said. “Actually, this has been my first real job since I graduated (high school) in 1999. Cattle has always supported me. I’ve been around this a while, these farm animals. It’s going on 20 years now. Man, time flies.”
Coleman grew up in a small cul-de-sac on the south end of Saluda County.
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