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The Blue Head is 31,000 acres of south Florida rangeland in what was known in pioneer times as “The 90
Mile Prairie”. Grasslands LLC took over the management of the ranch in 2015 with the goal of restoring
the land to the level of ecological health we believe existed here before modern agricultural
management practices became the norm. Our primary tool is the cow. A herd of some 6,000 “Cracker”
type cows (and 40 saddle horses) roam the ranch in a planned grazing pattern that mimics the migratory
activity of wild ungulates.
The cattle we run are as genetically similar as possible to the first cattle brought to Florida in the 16 th
century. They have had 500 years to adapt to the harsh conditions of the Florida peninsula and are
arguably the only type of cattle able to thrive here without heavy dietary supplementation. Our cattle
spend their entire lives on the range and on the rare occasions that health considerations require certain
individuals receive supplemental feed it is delivered to them on the range. They never see the inside of
a feedlot.
We don’t use herbicides, pesticides, chemical fertilizers or grain based supplemental feeds. We do
practice traditional, low stress methods of livestock handling, frequent moves to fresh pasture and
humane treatment at all times. Our cows are a tool but we like ‘em!

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Why Planned Grazing?

The Blue Head is cross fenced into over 70 pastures ranging in size from 10 acres to almost 3,000 acres and we move our herds through them on a schedule planned far in advance. Currently we have three main herds of 1,800 to 2,200 head each. Using the principles of Holistic Planned Grazing developed by …

Water Quality.

Controversy rages these days over the role of agriculture in the seeming increase in environmental problems such as red tide, blue green algae and others. I’m not scientist enough to take a position on either side but I also don’t think there is any doubt that there has been a massive increase in the use …

Why Cracker Cows?

The short answer is: For the African genetics. To expand on that, we chose to stock the Blue Head almost totally with cattle that can trace their ancestry back to Africa. Originating in the harsh climate of northern Africa they were taken to Europe by Moorish invaders in the middle ages and then brought to …

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