Florida cracker cattle would be named the state “heritage cattle breed,” under a proposal filed this week by Rep. MaryLynn Magar, R-Tequesta. Cracker cattle are descended from Spanish cattle brought to North America in the 16th Century. The proposal (HB 155) is filed for consideration during the 2018 legislative session and, if approved, would place the breed alongside horse conchs, Myakka fine sand, Key lime pie, alligators, Zebra Longwing butterflies and oranges among the recipients of official state designations. In the 2017 session, lawmakers designated Tupelo honey as Florida’s official honey.
Image courtesy of Florida Cracker Cattle/Fred Grady Herd.