Last week at the Clemson Extension Spotlight on Agriculture Dinner, Mickey Sutton was recognized as the Outstanding Cattleman of the Year. Cassie Wycoff presented the award and highlighted some of the recipient's accomplishments. We were lucky enough to get a copy and will share some of this information here:
Michael Sutton graduated from Gray Court-Owings High School and The University of SC with a degree in business/marketing. He later attended the Mendenall School of Auctioneering and is a licensed Auctioneer.
After spending a number of years in sales while helping his dad with the farm, he returned to the family cattle farm full time after the death of his father and began improvements such as fencing and cross fencing. He installed limited water access to both streams and pond, all in accordance with USDA practices. In 2009 he received Outstanding Conservation Partnership Award from the Laurens County Soil and Water Conservation District partly for his work on the farm.
His cow herd is Angus based with Simmental influence.
He attends Laurens First Methodist Church, is a member of Wallace Lodge, serves on the board of Youngs Volunteer Fire Department, is an associate commissioner with the Laurens County Soil and Water Conservation District. He is the past president, board member and current Treasurer of the Laurens County Cattleman’s Association.