Blackbeard’s Ranch is a 4500-acre working cow-calf operation located on the Myakka Prairie in Manatee County, just north of Myakka River State Park. Blackbeard’s contains a wide array of native habitats and wildlife, and has slough systems that feed the Myakka River and drinking water downstream.
We are strong believers in conservation, and are committed to restoring and protecting our native habitats for wildlife as well as to provide for clean water downstream from us. We work closely with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the University of Florida, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the USDA to help study and protect Florida’s natural ecosystems. While running a cow-calf operation is our primary focus, we have begun to diversify into other agricultural endeavors, to demonstrate and educate how sustainable agriculture and conservation come together.
We are one of the last large intact ranch ownerships in our region, an area that is rapidly facing change and development. We believe it is critical, now more than ever, to protect our natural and agricultural landscapes as Florida continues to develop.