Florida Farms and Ranches - Advocating for the Beef Industry
Florida Farms and Ranches was started by a eager 16-year old (hey, that's me!) with big dreams in the beef industry. FFRBT 2018 tours local farms and ranches in the state of Florida, recording all the findings and taking pictures, which then is published to spread that certain farmer or rancher's story. This project focuses on spreading the beef industry with the main goal being people are not from an agricultural background. We must first advocate to spread the beef industry. I believe strongly in spreading each farmer and rancher in the state of Florida and her project focuses on raising awareness of what their operation entails .
An example of stories I cover include this one of Southwest Cattle Co in Odessa, Florida. Mrs. Kelly Fulford showed us how she maintains her over 2,000 acre farm by managing her cattle, natural wildlife and the resources that make her ranch successful. Her main goal when she wakes up is her cattle. Family, faith & cattle. Mrs. Fulford advocates for the present but she advocates for the future generations as well.
Mrs. Fulford works along her husband, her children and her grandchildren to raise quality grade beef. Mrs. Kelly operates a 2,260 acre ranch with 560 head of Brangus cow/calf pairs along with her own Hereford and Brahman bulls she breeds into her herd. Aside from raising Brangus cattle, her family-operated ranch also has a family-owned hay business. She leases 2,000 acres from Hillsborough County throughout the ELAPP. The land that she leases is a nature preserve with whitetail deer, creeks, ponds and many other animals. Kelly not only takes care of her cattle, she preserves the water quality and soil health on her ranch by using Best Management Practices. It is her job to keep up with fences, trespassers and any problems that may arise on the ranch. Mrs. Fulford was awarded the “This Farm CARES” award designed by the Florida Farm Bureau in 2016. Kelly uses practices such as rotational grazing with 7 cross-fenced pastures on her property. She makes sure she spreads her story and the beef production story to people who are granted access on her ranch.