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7383 South Fork Ranch Rd.  Clermont, Florida 34711
(352) 394-7313

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about SOUTH FORK RANCH . . .

South Fork Ranch, started in l996, is owned & operated by Dick Lechner (pronounced lek'ner) and his son, Andy.   They are native Clevelanders who knew almost nothing about cattle and even less about ranching. What they did know, however, was that they had a 5 acres that would need to be mowed & realized they had to do something quick or spend the rest of their lives on a tractor mowing grass in the hot Florida sun.....Yuck !!

they chose BRANGUS cattle instead . . .

Today's BRANGUS are the result of the efforts of cattlemen looking for beef cattle that could not only survive but thrive under stressful conditions and still produce a high quality, tender, juicy product for the marketplace.

In l912, the USDA Experiment Station in Jeanerette, Louisiana and other individual breeders in the southwest began crossing the Brahma and Angus with the goal of producing just such an animal.
The success of their efforts are demonstrated in today's BRANGUS. Animals whose characteristics combine the best qualities of two fabulous breeds.... the hardiness of a Brahman with the delicious beauty of the Angus.

BRANGUS . . . the NUMBER ONE AMERICAN BREED


Brangus cattle must be 3/8 Brahma and 5/8 Angus, totally black and polled to be registered with The International Brangus Breeders Association. This precise combination results in the outstanding Brangus qualities of heat tolerance, disease resistance, high fertility, easy birthing and tender, juicy beef for the dinner table.

What's for dinner you ask? BRANGUS Beef, of course!

If you'd like to know more about Brangus or find a breeder near you, visit the The International Brangus Breeders Association website.

South Fork Ranch is located in beautiful South Lake County, 15 miles south of Clermont, Florida at the intersection of State Route 33 & County Route 561. We are 30 minutes from beautiful Orlando & the Wonderful World of Disney. Visitors and mail ALWAYS welcome!

South Fork Ranch
7383 South Fork Ranch Rd.   Clermont, FL 34714
 (352) 394-7313
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Florida's Cattle Industry . . .

Florida is a cow-calf state. The primary cattle crop is calves which are shipped to other states to be finished and processed for market. Florida beef producer's own over a million cows, heifers and bulls.

Interesting Facts . . .

• Cattle were first introduced in Florida in 1521 by Spanish explorer Juan Ponce deLeon.
• One Florida ranch owns the largest brood cow herd in the United States.
• Florida ranks 12th in the nation for beef cows.
• Much on Natural Florida remains in the working landscape of Florida's cattle industry.

More Florida Ranches
Adams Ranch Fort Pierce, FL.
Barthle Brothers Ranch, Dade City, FL,
Lykes Brothers Ranch, Okeechobee, FL.


Want to see some cows? . . . . then LOOK here . . . if not . .why are you here?


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Cooleo 2008
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Cooleo 2009
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Cooleo 2009


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Dolly 2008
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Dolly 2009
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Dolly 2009


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Our little mystery heifer!!

How can a black mother and black father produce a brown offspring?

Haven't figured this one out yet but apparently it CAN happen.



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new heifers

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In the Green Swamp
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In the Green Swamp
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In the Green Swamp

Our herd has diminished from a high of 12 head down to the 6 that are here on property at present. Cattle are a hobby around here and with our long drought feeding them became a challenge. As the cost of hay rolls, alfalfa, sweet feed and nuggets went up and up, more and more cows had to be sold. It was hard to see them go but in times of economic downturn, it was necessary to survive.




This site was created by Marge Lechner just for the pure pleasure of learning html & to create something special for ourselves, our animals & anyone who happens to visit. A special thanks to Karen for her patience & guidance! God bless! July 1999

Graphics: Bienne, Michelle and Susie