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Blackbeard’s Ranch is Awarded Ag Environmental Leadership Award

The Commissioner’s Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award has been presented annually since 1994. The program spotlights the environmentally innovative farming practices of the state’s growers and ranchers. Nominees for the awards come from different parts of Florida’s agricultural industry, but they all share a commitment to protect and preserve Florida’s resources while continuing to provide agricultural products for society. https://www.freshfromflorida.com/Agriculture-Industry/Honors-and-Awards/Ag-Environmental-Leadership-Award/Blackbeard-s-Ranch Blackbeard’s Ranch is a 4500-acre working cow-calf operation located on the Myakka Prairie in Manatee County. Blackbeard’s is one of the last large intact.

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Conservation Cowboy

Excerpt from article on USNEWS.com by Katelyn Newman Jim Strickland is a sixth-generation cattle rancher who, alongside fellow ranchers in the Sunshine State, is working to preserve Southwest Florida’s natural habitat. As the sun begins to rise and the mist breaks on a clear Florida morning, wild turkeys, white-tailed deer and pesky feral pigs rummage for breakfast near Sabal palms and hay bales. Less than a football field away, a cadre of black, brown and white cattle start to graze. Pointing out.

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Florida cattleman donates cow to UF’s campus food pantry

Dana Edwards  May 10, 2018 GAINESVILLE, Fla. – At the University of Florida, 16 percent of those who visited the on-campus Alan and Cathy Hitchcock Field and Fork pantry mentioned the service was their sole source of food when they needed temporary assistance. While students working with the Field and Fork student gardens grow fresh seasonal vegetables for pantry users, the pantry runs low on protein sources. When managing partner of Blackbeard’s Ranch in Manatee County Jim Strickland heard about this need,.

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Ranch near Myakka River State Park will be preserved under conservation easement

Excerpt from article by Zac Anderson, at the Herald Tribune. Nearly 1,500 acres of cattle ranch close to Myakka River State Park will be protected from development and restored to native habitat after the federal government recently signed off on a conservation easement for the site. The National Resources Conservation Service, an agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is purchasing the “wetland reserve easement” on a portion of Blackbeard’s Ranch in Manatee County for $3.9 million. The deal largely is being.

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Chickee huts Palm trees & White sand pens

Royal Mangalista is dedicated to educating everyone about the beautiful heritage breed originally created in Austro-Hungarian empire circa 1833.  The recently featured Blackbeard’s Ranch in their publications.  An excerpt is below and you can view the complete article here.  (PDF) Excerpt from RoyalMangalista.com by Wilhelm W. Kohl Some little piggies just get lucky. When I sold 3 blonde Mangalitsa gilts and an unrelated blonde boar from Michigan for Florida in June of 2017, they of course had no idea about their future.

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Using fire on a Florida cattle ranch conserving wildlife

Blackbeard’s Ranch, a working cattle ranch in central Florida near the Myakka River, is maintaining the land’s legacy as a home for native wildlife. The ranch’s manager partnered with the FWC and Florida Forest Service on a prescribed burn that will improve the habitat there for both wildlife and cattle grazing.

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Blackbeard’s Ranch cowboy and cowgirl team Wins Ranch rodeo competition

The Blackbeard’s Ranch team will be going to Florida State Rodeo Finals to compete for Florida’s best ranch team competition. Team members are: Jacqui Patton, David Patton, Jake Kastor, Hank Duyn and Joey Drake. Blackbeard’s Ranch is committed to care for our environment, wildlife, cattle, land research, preservation , sustainability and we work and manage our ranch the way generations have before us, with horses, dogs, kids and great Cowgirls and cowboys.

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Florida’s Final Frontier

Beyond our beaches and theme parks lies a Florida still unknown to many Florida’s ranchlands. Off the beaten track, these lands are our last frontier. I consider myself blessed to live and work as a rancher in this magical landscape we call Florida. We are the country’s first cattle state. We started in 1521 with the introduction of cattle by Ponce de Leon. Today our state is home to five of the top 10 cow/calf operations, and we have more of the.

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Manatee County County Cattlemen’s

Blackbeard’s Ranch was pleased to host annual meeting at a “Chickee”. “Chickee” is the word Seminoles use for “house.” The first Seminoles to live in North Florida are known to have constructed log cabin-type homes, some two stories tall, with sleeping quarters upstairs. The chickee style of architecture – palmetto thatch over a cypress log frame – was born during the early 1800s when Seminole Indians, pursued by U.S. troops, needed fast, disposable shelter while on the run. Though indigenous peoples in other.

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