Are you surprised to learn that cowboys still use the same methods they have been using for hundreds of years, to raise world-class grass-fed beef in Florida? They do. And beside a cowboy and his or her team as they ride out to check on the health and well-being of their herds, and drive them to new pastures, you can usually find another helper; the Florida cattle dog.
What are the factors that are placing excessive pressure on our domestic beef producing ranchers in Florida? How can we help conserve and support our cattle ranchers, to maintain this very important industry, domestic food supply, and the jobs that the beef industry contributes to the Florida economy? In this article we’ll take a look at the growing pressures, and what local residents in Florida can do to support our ranch families.
Some of the incredible cattle drives earned their way into the history books for being large, orchestrated events that involved the whole community in some cases. In this article, we’ll talk about some of those incredible events and how the Florida Cracker Cowboys managed to keep so many cattle under control and heading in the right direction (thanks to community support).
Florida Raised was created to bring local residents a new and fresh option at the grocery store. Whenever you buy a 1 lb. package of our grass-fed (hormone and antibiotic free) ground beef, you are making a quality choice that puts our local ranch families first. Feel (really) good about what you eat, with sustainable Florida Raised beef.
In addition to participation in land lease programs across the state, Florida cattle ranchers are also highly vocal at the political level, to help conserve more land against the threat of urban sprawl. So, the next time you see a Florida cattle rancher, think of them as more than a beef producer; they are environmental guardians that participate actively to help protect Florida green space.