Alto “Bud” Adams Jr. Passes
Part cowboy, part artist, part philanthropist, part genius, Alto “Bud” Adams Junior was truly a Renaissance man and an icon in St. Lucie County and Florida history. A quintessential cowboy who really was larger than life, Bud was the 91-year-old patriarch of the Adams Ranch, a cattle operation that has spanned over 80 years and across four Florida counties. His passion for both the Florida landscape and the animals in his care were legendary, and he is responsible for the development of the Braford breed of beef cattle, a cross of Herefords and Brahmans, which are able to withstand the unforgiving Florida climate.