Little Creek Plantation
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Pineywoods Cattle
Rose, from the Hickman strain of Pineywoods
Caramel coming to introduce herself

Paint Boy, our bull, with Vanilla
Pineywoods cattle were introduced to the Americas by Spanish colonists in the 1500s.  The thrifty scrub browsing cattle that the Spanish brought with them ranged throughout the south.  In the Southwest they developed into the Texas Longhorn, in Florida the Cracker and in the Gulf coast area they inhabited the long leaf pine forests, gaining the moniker of Pineywoods. 

A triple-purpose breed, these cows provided beef, milk and draft power to settlers and native inhabitants.  As is the case with so many heritage breeds, this versatility became a liability when measured by modern commercial agricultural standards.  Of the twenty recognized strains of Pineywoods, five have already gone extinct.  The remaining strains of Pineywoods are known by their family name, as it was isolated groups of cattle maintained by generations of the same families that give us the current population. 

 Pineywoods are used to their full potential on our farm, providing milk, draft power and beef; as well as controlling scrub brush in the pine plantations.

The Pineywoods cattle are  listed as having critically low population numbers by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy and are considered one of the ten rarest foods in America.
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