Florida Beef Production


Today, there are more than 1 million head of cattle and 15,000 beef producers throughout Florida. Currently, Florida ranks 10th in overall cattle numbers nationwide. The three top ranking counties for cattle are Okeechobee, Highlands, and Osceola counties. Cash receipts from cattle and calf sales totaled $867 million in 2013.

Did you know?

  • In the year 1521, Juan Ponce De Leon brought a small herd of Andalusion cattle and horses with him on his second expedition to the New World. These were the first cattle and horses to ever set foot (or hoof) on what is now the continental United States. 
  • The term "cracker" comes from the old cowboys who used whips to make a "cracking" sound to herd their cattle.
  • In 2013, the cash receipts from beef cattle in Florida totaled $487 million.
  • 7 of the top 10 counties for Cattle/Calf population growth from 2004-2013 are located in the Panhandle/Big Bend area of Florida . 
  • Walton County more than doubled its herd size over the last 10 years.
  • Dixie County grew their herd size by 83% or by 3,300 head 
  • The Florida Heartland counties (Desoto, Glades, Hendry, Hardee, Highlands, Okeechobee) represent 31% of the overall Florida Cattle/Calf herd size