Ranching in Florida began long before there were cattle in Texas.
Cattle were brought to St. Lucie first in 1591 by Ponce De Leon and by 1600 there were 20,000 head.
Some of these cattle escaped which allowed Native Americans to raise their own cattle and today the Seminoles own ranches and tend to their cattle.
The ranches are an important steward of natural land with grass, and trees producing oxygen, storing carbons, and retaining rare water as a water shed.
Cattle also eat the under brush which keeps wild fires under control.
The county benefits from all of these things while also producing food.