Alto “Bud” Adams, Jr.

A cowboy’s cowboy passed from this earth, September 22, 2017. Alto “Bud” Adams, Jr.,

surrounded by his family, died peacefully at his home on Adams Ranch in Ft. Pierce, FL.

Mr. Bud was born in Ft. Pierce April 4, 1926. For the next 91 years he lived a life everyone
could envy, but only a few could handle. A Christian man, he taught his family and friends
by example. He always had a firm handshake, and his word was his bond. His love for the
outdoors, especially the Florida prairies and woodlands, were evident in not only his holistic
approach to land management, but also his talent for photography. Mr. Bud could find God’s
beauty in plants, animals and people, and was able to capture these images on film for the
rest of us to enjoy. We are all grateful for his generosity and grace.

Bud traveled to Tallahassee and attended Leon High School while his father served on the
Florida Supreme Court. At 18, he joined the US Navy at the end of WWII, and was part of
our greatest generation. He graduated from the University of Florida. While a career in law
or politics could have been in his future, Bud chose the life of a cowboy. He had fond
memories of working alongside many of the founding families of modern day Florida,
as well as of the many Seminole Indians he befriended as a young man in the days before
fences. His father Judge Alto Adams made him a partner in the ranch in 1937 and Bud has
run the ranch since 1948.

Bud was a proud member of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, serving as President in 1958.
For the last 59 years he had been a fixture at most every gathering of past-FCA Presidents,
always offering kind advice to upcoming FCA leadership.

There are many things Bud was responsible for that will be around for generations to come.
One is the Braford breed of cattle. Adams Ranch in Ft. Pierce is home to the foundation herd
of this hearty breed. 5/8 Hereford and 3/8 Brahman, these red cattle quickly showed tolerance
to Florida’s tropical climate, and flourished in the heat and rain. Mr. Bud was proud to say that
if you bought one of his bred cattle, she would take care of the calf with no help needed from
anyone. He was a founding member of the United Braford Breeders Association, located
in Tyler, Texas.

Another monument to Bud’s life in agriculture is the land he bought, developed, managed
and cared for. He was a pioneering advocate of conserving and protecting this land for future
generations. His efforts and leadership have been awarded nationally. More importantly, when
other landowners saw Bud endorsing and leading these conservation efforts, they were drawn
to do the same through his trustworthy and honorable reputation. Bud has written three books
describing his career as a rancher and steward of Florida lands.

Mr. Bud was genuinely appreciative of his liberty and freedoms:

May 2003

To my family and friends,

At my death I wish a simple ceremony followed by cremation.
I do not wish a fancy eulogy. By now you know me for better or worse.

A message to my family and friends-
“There is a time to live and a time to die.”

I want you to know that you have made my life wonderful.


I have been given everything + much more than I ever desired. I have
loved my family and friends. I have enjoyed my cows, horses and dogs.
I have lived on the most beautiful land, in a good climate, in a favored
state that is a part of the greatest and freest nation on earth.

                   I have no regrets.

                   Bud Adams

Bud leaves behind his wife of 67 years, the former Dorothy Snively. As Ms. Dot’s health took a turn
for the worse with a battle with Alzheimer’s disease 12 years ago, Bud was home with her daily,
personally feeding her and showering her with love that never wavered or faltered through the time
of his passing. He and Ms. Dot raised three sons: Alto Lee III. (Cindy), Michael (Rachael), and
Robert (Cindee). He also leaves behind 14 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

Those of us fortunate enough to know Mr. Bud are most grateful for his time spent with us. While
our hearts are heavy, we are at peace knowing Mr. Bud’s Christian faith. One week prior to his passing,
Mr. Bud wrote the following for his family:

“O” God

I thank you for my wife. She is beautiful and kind. She has
given me beautiful children and they keep giving me more.
They are not only beautiful, but they are kind and good.

Thank you for giving me land to live on and giving me cattle.

Everything that I have wished for has been given.

“The Lord is great.
His mercy is everlasting and his truth lasts forever.
Surely his mercy shall provide and I shall dwell in the
house of the Lord forever.”


                        This I believe.

                         Bud Adams


The family will have a Celebration of Life for Mr. Bud at Adams Ranch Headquarters,
26003 Orange Avenue, Ft. Pierce, FL 34945, on Friday, September 29th, from 3:00 –
5:00 pm. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in his memory to
the Treasure Coast Hospice at 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997; and the
Florida Cattlemen’s Foundation at 800 Shakerag Road, Kissimmee, FL 34744.






The Ranch

Founded in 1937, Adams Ranch is a
fourth-generation cattle business
operating in St. Lucie, Madison,
Okeechobee and Osceola Counties,
headquartered in Fort Pierce, Florida.
Florida cattle has been an Adams
family passion for 4 generations.
The ranch today encompasses
approximately 50,000 acres of Florida
pasture and is the now the 12th ranked
cow calf ranch in the country and is
ranked nationally in the top 50 seed
stock ranches.




The Cattle

The Adams Ranch seed stock program
offers Florida ranchers with an unique
opportunity to grow your herd with
a genetically controlled seed stock
designed for success in Florida’s tropical
climate. Starting with the original Brahma
and Hereford combinations, the Adams
Ranch Braford® and the Adams Ranch
now form the Adams Ranch Reds®
a new resource for the development
of the Florida cattle herd. The Adams
Ranch seed stock bulls and heifers
now provide new options for increased
productivity, fertility, longevity
and grade out quality to all of our
ranching partners.




Natural Beef

The Adams Ranch Natural Beef®
provides a new opportunity for
consumers to enjoy tasty tender beef
raised naturally on open pasture. The
Adams Ranch Natural Beef® is from
cattle bred, born and raised on by
the Adams Ranch’s open Florida
pastures using industry leading
natural calving and animal husbandry
practices. The Adams Ranch Braford®
cattle are bred for open range success
under Florida’s tropical sunshine. The
Braford cattle are heat tolerant, disease
resistant and are raised on a completely
vegetarian diet with No Anti-biotics,
No Hormones, EVER to provide you
with healthier, tastier tender beef
at every meal.



A Family Heritage

Florida cattle has been an Adams family
passion for 4 generations. Founded
in 1937, the ranch today encompasses
approximately 50,000 acres of Florida
pasture. Founded in 1937, Adams Ranch
is a fourth-generation cattle business
operating in St. Lucie, Madison,
Okeechobee, and Osceola Counties,
headquartered in Fort Pierce, Florida.

And most importantly, the entire family
here at the Adams Ranch have as our
first priority, the preservation of the
land for future generations. Recognized
nationally as a leading force in
conservation, the Adams Ranch family
continues to lead the way in new
initiatives to preserve the beauty and
quality of the land for generations.