Adams Ranch Family Heritage
The history of early cattle ranching in Florida dates back to the arrival
of Ponce de Leon who brought cattle with him on his voyage of discovery
in 1521. Later after the civil war, more settlers came to Florida. In 1895,
Lenyer Adams came to Florida to begin the family tradition in agriculture.
On the ranch, we have a replica of a ‘Florida Cracker” ranch house
commemorating the tradition of the early Florida cattle ranchers
during the early 1900s.
Adams Ranch had its start when Alto Adams, Sr. bought a tract of unfenced
grassland in St. Lucie County, The first herd was brought to the ranch with
a cattle-drive through what is now central Florida and Disneyland.
Ten years later, Alto “Bud” Adams Jr. became a partner in the cattle
operation as Alto Adams & Son. At that time there were an estimated
1600 cows, valued at $40/head. A pasture restoration program was
begun and Hereford bulls were crossed on Brahman cows. The
principal product was grass fattened steers.
In 1961, the ranch was incorporated as Adams Ranch, Inc. The ownership
was Alto Adams, Jr., Elaine Harrison and their children. The 15,000 acres
was expanded to 50,000 acres with the purchase of land in Osceola and
The 14,000 cow herd produces feeder steers, replacement heifers, and
breeding bulls. The Braford breed was developed from the Adams Ranch
Hereford X Brahman crosses. Feeder calves became the main product
and were shipped by train and truck to the corn-belt.In 1969, the Adams
Ranch Braford® herd became the number one foundation herd both for
the International Bradford Association and its successor the United
By the 1990’s a Composite breeding program was underway that led to
the ABEEF® Adams Ranch Braford® cattle. These cattle provide quality
beef, with high cutability in a heat tolerant animal.
Alto John Adams, Zachary Adams, LeeAnn Adams Simmons and Stewart Adams
are now part of the 4th generation that has joined the company.
Today the Adams Ranch is one of the largest cow-calf ranches in the USA and
continues with the tradition of naturally raised cattle on open pastures carefully
managed in a conservation program that protects the cattle and preserves the
land for future generations.
The Adams Ranch is proud to be among the leading cow/calf ranches in
To date we have now had 4 Generations of the Adams family with hands-on
management of the ranch.
Alto Adams, Sr.
Alto “Bud” Adams, Jr.
Alto Adams, III – “Lee”
Michael Adams – “Mike”
Robert Adams – “Robbie”
The Next Generation
LeeAnn Adams Simmons