After 24 years of ownership, John Downs is selling his ranch and its nationally known herd of Angus, Brangus, Charolais, Brahman, and Beefmaster. This turnkey Northern Florida cattle operation includes 3,300 head of cattle, an estimated 1,700 calves, 90 cutting horses, frozen embryos, and semen inventory. The ranch’s 13,924 acres include 8,991 deeded and 4,933 leased. Approximately 1,129 acres are planted in loblolly pine with a timber value ranging from $1,500 to $3,000 per acre. In addition to two springs and a 170-acre lake, the ranch has 39 wells and 19 center pivots. It also enjoys more than a mile of frontage on the Chipola River. “Southern Cattle Company could just as well be named Southern Ag Company. The soil quality here is as strong as farm ground in the South,” says listing broker Jon Kohler of Jon Kohler & Associates.
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