The largest cattle ranch in the United States is the Deseret Ranches, spread across Osceola, Orange and Brevard Counties in Florida. Deseret Ranches is owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The operation began in 1950, and cattle have been specially bred to adapt to the tropical climate of Florida. Although there are 44,000 cows and up to 33,000 calves birthed every year, cattle breeding is just one component of the ranch. Deseret Ranches also conducts significant business in timber, sod and citrus. Although owned and operated by the Mormon Church, the operation is a for-profit business and has a significant presence in the economy of central Florida.