Cattle lease information

How to apply to lease property for cattle grazing

Cattle operations have historically been an agricultural land use over the last century in Florida and continues to be an important land use today. Many of the lands acquired by the district have had active cattle operations for years. The district encourages the continuation of this historic use where it can be used as a management tool and has developed a revenue producing lease program that provides many benefits, such as:

  • On-site management and security for district-owned lands at a minimal cost to the district
  • Minimizing district expenses by increasing revenue from non-governmental sources to off-set district management, maintenance and resource protection costs
  • Minimizing impacts to the local agricultural economy by keeping viable agricultural lands in active production for as long as possible
  • Reduction of fire fuel loads and maintenance of open habitat for the benefit of native wildlife

New properties suitable for cattle operations are competitively bid by the district pursuant to Florida Statute 373.093. An Invitation to Submit Offer (ITO) is advertised by the district on the district website for available properties. A Notice of Intent to lease will also be published in a newspaper in the county in which said land is situated. Leases will be awarded to the responsive and responsible bidder with the highest offer per animal unit. Properties already under lease will be reviewed by the district for consideration of opening the property up for bid at the end of the lease unless conditions such as lack of access restrict potential lessees. Current ITOs are identified below and will remain available through award. The table below displays the most recent “Invitations To Submit Offer” based upon “broadcast date” first. Persons/firms obtaining solicitation documents from this site shall be responsible to visit this web page for any changes, delays, or addenda related to the ITO. Each ITO will provide a map as an Exhibit identifying the location of the property.

Anyone interested in receiving an email notification of ITOs at time of broadcast should complete a Contact Form and forward that form to Debra Stratton at

Broadcast Date Identifier LRS # Date Offer Due Property Name/Description
of Potential Lease
Feb. 28, 2018 LRS 1423 April 5, 2018 Sunnyhill Farm property, in Sunnyhill Restoration Area in Marion County. 425 acre site with authorization for a maximum of 90 animal units.
Nov. 21, 2017 LRS 1402 Jan. 4, 2018 Orange Creek North, in Orange Creek Restoration Area in Alachua county. 371-acre site with authorization for a maximum of 25 animal units. Lease awarded
May 18, 2017 LRS 1341 June 27, 2017 Seminole Ranch, in Seminole Ranch Conservation Area in Orange county. 1929-acre site with authorization for a maximum of 200 animal units. Lease awarded
March 17, 2017 LRS 1289 May 3, 2017 J. P. Hall Additions #2 property, in the Bayard Conservation Area in Clay County. 369-acre site with authorization for a maximum of 85 animal units. Lease awarded
Feb. 27, 2017 LRS 1320 April 4, 2017 Maytown Property in the Palm Bluff Conservation Area, Volusia County. 1,545-acre site with authorization for a maximum of 200 animal units. Lease awarded
Dec. 15, 2016 LRS 1297 Jan. 31, 2017 Lake Monroe Conservation Area. 1,216-acre site with authorization for a maximum of 100 animal units. Lease awarded
Sept. 15, 2016 LRS 1195 Nov. 1, 2016 Fly’n R Ranch Property, Sunnyhill Restoration Area. 952-acre site with authorization for a maximum of 200 animal units. Lease awarded
July 28, 2016 LRS 1256 Sept. 20, 2016 Fort Drum Conservation Area. 1,928-acre site with authorization for a maximum of 184 animal units. Lease awarded
Sept. 3, 2015 LRS1177 Oct. 13, 2015 Lake Norris Conservation Area. 463-acre site with authorization for a maximum of 60 animal units. Lease awarded