Dairying and Live Stock Opportunities in the Lakeland Area (866)
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Agricultural Committee
Lakeland Chamber of Commerce
Lakeland, Florida

THE Lakeland area is support-
ing 18 dairies, according to Dr.
Paul Fischer, health officer,
yielding approximately 1,000 gallons
daily from 500 pure-bred and good
grade cows of the Jersey and Guern-
sey breeds. The milk shows a high
content of butter fat and its purity is
shown by the low bacteria count, the
average being 4.17 butter fat and
11,472 bacteria. Strenuous measures
are being taken to install sterilizing
outfits in all dairies to insure cleanli-
ness. There are several thousand
acres of land yet available for dairy
purposes and with the increasing
population more dairies must be
started to supply the demand. Now
that tick eradication has been sys-
tematically commenced throughout
the state, the dairymen have in-

Cattle on Large Lakeland Farm

creased opportunities. The raising
of dairy stock is facilitated by the
easy housing conditions, the climate
being so mild that expensive barns
are not necessary.
Milk retails for 25c to 30c per quart
and buttermilk 20c; wholesale milk,
85c per gallon. So far no milk is
shipped out, as there is not sufficient
to supply the demand.
Plenty of Land

There is available in the Lakeland
area 79,300 acres of grazing land
which gives to the prospective dairy
and livestock man ample facilities.
It is possible to raise calves in con-
junction with the dairy for veal pur-
poses and there is a great demand
for veal at all times. Good grade
heifers are usually raised for milk
production, whereas grade bull calves
are used by the butcher. This can
be accomplished by very little side
feeding. In 1918 to 1921 the same
industry took care of itself. Since
that period up to 1925 there was a
slight slump.
Farmers have now quit raising the
"razorback" hog and are turning
their attention to the raising of good
lard, bacon and ham hogs, such as the
Duroc-Jersey, Poland China, Hamp-

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Plenty of Grazing Land

shire. In fact, any breed can be
raised here. There is an excellent
local market for good hogs in small
quantities. In large quantities, car-
load lots are readily taken by the
Jacksonville and other markets; be-
ing a short haul the animals lose but
little in transit. This section is excel-
lent for all kinds of stock raising, and
as the population increases from year
to year, so does the demand for milk
and meats increase.

Many Hog Farms
In 1925 Polk county showed, ac-
cording to the national census, 9,525
hogs, valued at $47,563.00. The value
of slaughtered pork amounted to
$21,123.00. In grazing cattle we find
that 2,935 were slaughtered at home
for local consumption, with a value
of $42,610.00. It is estimated that at

least one-fourth came from the Lake-
land area. We also find that in Polk
county 2,298 cows were kept for milk
at a valuation of $185,250.00, and
there were on hand 33,277 stock cat-
tle at a valuation of $412,230.00,
which tends to prove that this is a
good livestock area. In addition to
the above, we find 2,634 pure-bred
Jerseys and grades, with a valuation
of $207,820.00.
Nearly all cattle raisers are now
improving their herds by the intro-
duction of pure-bred bulls. The day
of the old scrub is passing and in
many localities has passed, as our last
Legislature passed a bill prohibiting
cattle running at large.
Constant improvement of facilities
and the systematic eradication of
cattle tick from the environs of the
county are in process and a marked
improvement in the type of beef cat-

tle available here will be the result
within a few years.

No-fence Law
Recently there has been almost in-
cessant agitation for the adoption by
the state legislature of a no-fence
law, which-contrary to the infer-
ence in the name-would provide that
cattle owners must fence their herds.
Heretofore the agriculturist has had
to protect his crops from roaming
cattle and the necessity to do this has
discouraged the dirt farmer in some
However, with the improvement of
beef and dairy cattle herds, which is
rapidly taking place everywhere in
Florida, particularly in this county,
the dairyman and the rancher are
more careful about their herds and
are beginning to realize the vast im-
portance of fencing as a means of
eliminating the Texas fever tick in
infested areas. By fencing it is pos-
sible to protect herds from tick-
carrying cattle and as an aid in elim-
inating the pest entirely on the
fenced ranch.
Some definite movement following
up the bill passed by the legislature is
being anticipated in 1927 when the
legislature will meet again.

Pure-bred Stock
The figures given above relative to
pure-bred and grade stock indicate
the increased interest not only in
milk production but also in saleable
beef, and a consistent increase in the
amount of dairy production and of
beef is confidently expected by those
conversant with the planned im-
Such a splendid market for dairy
products and beef exists in the south-
ern portion of the state that North
Florida counties are increasing their
herds with a view to supplying dairy
products and beef demands of this
section. If North Florida dairymen
and ranchers who have looked into
the market demands of the southern
section are sufficiently impressed to
augment their herds and prepare to
meet the demands, then the establish-
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beef herds in the very heart of the
consuming section should prove a
great incentive to the prospective
dairyman and the prospective
rancher who has his heart set on
financial independence through either
the dairy or the ranch.

Lakeland Area ,Irc'(ict
In the Lakeland area are roughly
100,000 acres which are available for
the cattleman and the dairyman.
Here, because of the exceptional cli-
matic conditions, green pastures may
be had the year around and the rota-
tion of herds in green pastures is
easily possible. A great saving of
feed costs and assured healthiness of
the stock are items of importance
which come as a direct result of the
exceptionally favorable climatic con-

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