Recently, I was invited to a ranch out west of town by a local pioneer family who asked to remain anonymous. It was an honor to be a guest and receive a private tour along with some history. I learned that the cattlemen in the area have their own culture and guidelines that has been past down to each generation. A cattlemen’s job is not easy and requires hard work and long days. But, to these modern day cowboys, it’s a way of life they love. Their children grow up watching and experiencing this cattle country way of life and they learn to love it and appreciate it. As, I was driven around the massive property, I felt like I was in another era. The beauty and peacefulness of the natural surroundings was captivating. This American treasure land that the Florida cattlemen own has to be protected and the cowboys know how to do it. I learned about the wildlife, the ecosystem and that the dedication and love for the land and animals these cattlemen have is enormous. Bud Adams said, “You cannot be in this business & go against natural forces“.
Before I left, I was given a movie/CD to watch called “Florida Crackers: The Cattlemen and Cowboys of Florida. This 87 minute production was really well done and highlighted some great insights and future challenges of todays cowboys. Below is a 15 minute version from this movie that I encourage everyone to watch. Enjoy….