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By Chevon T. Baccus APR
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Cattle Industry Big Business in Polk

Contributes $1.2 Billion to Economy


Last updated 4/5/2019 at 2:35pm

Williamson Photography of Lake Wales

J.B. Wynn working cattle

The cattle industry is big business in Polk County, contributing an estimated $1.2 billion to the local economy and creating about 5,859 jobs, according to a March 2019 impact analysis produced by the University of Florida-IFAS.

The UF-IFAS study said as of January 2019, Florida had an inventory of 1.68 million cattle and calves, including 914,000 beef cows and 116,000 dairy cows. An estimated 60,600 of them were in Polk County, which has the third largest cattle operation in the state of Florida.

J.B. Wynn of Alturas, a few miles west of Lake Wales, personally works about 700 head of cattl...

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