We think its kind of unfair that the Texas Longhorn gets all the attention, don’t you? After all, the first beef cattle in the United States originated right here in Florida, when the Spaniards imported them in the early 1500s. And why should we be humble about it, when virtually every strain and breed of cattle in the United States started in Florida?
For centuries, the Seminole Tribe in Florida have been expert cattlemen and an important part of our cattle ranching history and industry. Forget what you may have seen on popular western movies, because Native Americans were anything but ‘sidekicks’ to cowboy heroes. They were (and still are) some of the most talented cattle ranching communities in the State of Florida.
In this article, we’d like to pay some tribute and share some of the fascinating history of the Seminole Tribe as cattlemen (and woman) in our state.
Have you ever heard of St. Augustine grass? It was first evaluated by the Everglades Research and Education Center, and the findings were released in 1944. The study showed that the Roselawn variety of St. Augustine grass produces a greater forage mass than other varieties. It grows low to the ground, and then produces 90% leafy tissue per plant, no matter how mature each individual cluster is.
When you think of cowboys, and vast herds of cattle grazing freely over the open grass, the first State you probably think of, is Texas right? Texas has a robust history and reputation for producing great quality beef and a rich culture of ranching, but did you know that the very first cattle ranches were actually established in Florida?
There are so many versatile meal ideas that provide nutrition and protein, and many of them start with quality ground beef. We are helping to change the way people look at ground beef as part of a healthy diet. When you choose premium grass-fed and locally sourced beef products, you are making a premium choice when it comes to healthy eating.