The Strawn family began its presence in Florida agriculture in 1883 in De Leon Springs. Through successive generations, the family adapted to a changing economy, two world wars, the Great Depression, terrible freezes that destroyed its citrus operations only to rebuild still another time. Throughout it all, cattle were at the quiet core of the enterprise. It’s what we still do at Deep Creek Ranch. The cattle are a far cry from the durable, rangy Spanish and Seminole derived “cracker” cattle. Although some of those genetics are still found in the commercial Angus herd.
Until 2012, the Ranch produced lamb (and Katahdin seedstock) and pork as well as beef and producer cattle. The meats were distributed in Florida only, and sold at retail as well. Customers included many big names in the restaurant world, and there was lots of work to do! David Strawn decided to take life easier, and so closed the retail business, and sold the sheep and hogs. Mr. Strawn enjoyed his time off so much that he decided to fully retire this year
Today, thanks to the Strawn family, we proudly continue the tradition of selling superior beef cattle.