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This profile was last updated on 3/23/14  and contains information from public web pages.
 
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Matt Pearce ...
www.floridacattlemen.org, 23 Mar 2014 [cached]
Matt Pearce
The Florida Beef Council
www.floridacattlemen.org, 19 Jan 2009 [cached]
Matt Pearce, Okeechobee, FCA Allied Member
FCA Officers
www.floridacattlemen.org, 25 Feb 2008 [cached]
Matt Pearce, Okeechobee
Matt Pearce's family has been ...
www2.highlandstoday.com, 20 June 2012 [cached]
Matt Pearce's family has been in the cattle business for generations. He's involved with every facet of the operation.
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Most days you'll find Matt Pearce on the road, headed to a client in Wauchula or Okeechobee or another area of the Heartland. As the cattle specialist for Purina, he works in a consultative sales role, helping large ranches and family operations put together nutritional programs for their cow herd, developing heifers and bulls.
Pearce does body condition scoring on the animals, looks for mineral deficiencies and offers forage samples. That's how he helps his clients during his day job.
But Pearce also works behind the scenes to help them, whether they know it or not. As a member of the Pearce Cattle Co. that owns 1,100 acres in Glades County and leases 6,000, Pearce has been a cattleman all his life. While he doesn't run the ranch himself - his dad, Roy, and brother Mark do that - Pearce has taken on the role of representing the ranch at association meetings and other political functions, all the way up to the state level.
He serves on the executive board for the Florida Cattlemen's Association in District 4. He's also been past membership chairman and youth chairman for the state. This year he'll serve as vice chairman of the marketing committee.
As far as local associations, he's been past president of the Okeechobee Cattlemen's Association and is now the state director for Region 4 and serves on the board. He's also been on the Okeechobee youth livestock committee for the past 15 years and serves as Farm Service Agency County Committee chairman for Okeechobee.
That's a lot of meetings to attend, but as Pearce said: "I like interacting with people. Everybody's role is fit for their experience."
Running a ranch isn't like it used to be eight generations ago when his family began raising cattle. Now someone has to be the political/legislative liaison. That's Pearce.
The nice thing is, he doesn't just represent himself - he represents his customers, too. Just last week he met with U.S. Sen.
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That's part of my role," Pearce explained.
He enjoys representing the agriculture community's interests, and his role also helps him network with movers and shakers in the industry. It's a kind of symbiotic relationship.
But don't think that Pearce isn't a rancher through and through. He owns his own cows, has three kids who ride horses, and along with wife Alisha raises them with the iron work ethic you get growing up on a ranch.
"The memories I have most when I was a kid was getting up the day after Christmas.
Most kids would be playing with their toys, but that's when we worked the calves that were born," Pearce remembered.
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"When I take vacation with Purina, we work cows," Pearce said. The crew often consists of Pearce and his kids, Mark and his three children, and Roy.
"It's a learning tool for the next generation," said Pearce, who is also proud his family's way of life provides food, green space and wildlife conservation for the public.
TCPalm: Okeechobee rodeo kicks into gear
www.tcpalm.com, 14 Mar 2004 [cached]
Down the road at the Okeechobee Cattlemen's Arena, more than 300 cowboys competed in calf roping, bull riding, and other Professional Cowboy Rodeo Association events with a $2,000 purse for winners, said Matt Pearce, vice president of the Okeechobee Cattlemen's Association, the event sponsor.
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The proceeds from the rodeo are donated to scholarships for Okeechobee high school students, Pearce added.
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