Endless white beaches, sunshine, orange juice, and of course,
Disney; these are the items most often associated with Florida.
As you drive through Florida though, did you happen to notice
the 1 million beef cows? Did you know the largest beef cattle
ranch in the United States is in Florida? How about dairy cows.
Did you see any of the more than 100,000 dairy cows? In fact,
Florida ranks eleventh in the nation in total cattle numbers.
Florida Cattle Facts:
were first introduced to North America in Florida in 1521, by
the Spanish explorer, Juan Ponce de Leon.
- One Florida
ranch owns the largest brood cow herd in the United States.
is home to seven of the United States' twenty-five largest cow-calf
- Florida ranks
12th in the nation in number of beef cows
- Nearly one-half
of all Florida Agricultural land is involved in cattle production.
- Florida has
4 million acres of pastureland and one million acres of grazed
- Much of
"Natural Florida" remains in the working landscape of Florida's
- Open Range
grazing was ended by laws passed in 1949 by Florida's Governor,
Fuller Warren who ran on the ticket "I'll get the cows off the
with the cattle, Florida’s livestock inventory includes 26 million
poultry, 500,000 horses, 100,000 swine, 30,000 goats, 10,000 sheep,
and millions of companion animals.
Among the state’s most stable businesses, agricultural industries
have a combined annual economic impact of more than $69 billion
dollars; generating more then 725,000 jobs and $2.27 billion in
tax revenues. These industries also benefit residents and visitors
by providing amenities associated with "green space"
including biodiversity, wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation,
eco-tourism, and aquifer recharge.
of Florida livestock and livestock products totaled over $1.48
billion in 2004, accounting for nearly 22 percent of cash receipts
for Florida farms and ranches. All of this keeps the Florida area
office of Veterinary Services busy.
may not think of the busy ports in Florida, but in fact there
are twelve international airports and fourteen seaports in Florida.
Miami is also home to the USDA APHIS VS Miami Animal Import Center
(MAIC). Each year over two thousand horses primarily from South
America and the Caribbean move through MAIC. In addition numerous
shipments of exotic birds and other animals transit through MAIC.
Florida is also home to a thriving tropical fish industry, and
the Port of Tampa is a key center of this activity.
of Operation: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
for Health Certificate Endorsement:
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm (appointments desired)
Main contact: VSFL@aphis.usda.gov
Accreditations & Exports: VSPSFL@aphis.usda.gov
Main Phone: (352) 313-3060
Fax: (352) 313-3062 (Programs)
Fax: (352) 313-3061 (Exports)
Physical and Mailing Address:
USDA, APHIS, VS
8100 NW 15th Place
Gainesville, FL 32606-9137
Core Orientation Held in Florida
Location: Florida Veterinary Medical Association, Orlando, FL
Location: University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine
Equine Auditorium, Gainesville, FL
Location: Senior Class, University of FL, Gainesville, FL
Contact: Susan Heath
Miami Animal Import Center, Miami International Airport,
For more information: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/area_offices/states/maic_info.html
- Jacksonville, FL
- Port Canaveral, Cape
- Port Everglades, Ft.
- Port of Miami, Miami,
- St. Petersburg-Clearwater,
- Tampa, FL
Directions to our office on the Internet:
to our office from MapQuest *
to our office from Yahoo! Maps *
Animal Agriculture Related Links*:
State Veterinarian: http://www.freshfromflorida.com/ai/ *
Department of Agriculture: http://www.freshfromflorida.com/ *
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control over content on the external pages.