An excerpt from Jessica Salmond at YourObserver.com
Ranchers learn to adapt when development changes the landscape.
Standing in a 20-acre pasture east of Lorraine Road, Jason McKendree remembered the days when he couldn’t hear the sound of bulldozers working on a new subdivision.
That was a time the Mary Fran Carroll Bridge was made of wood and the nearby section of University Parkway was a dirt road where he could easily drive his cattle.
Driving cattle now gets complicated with street lights, stop signs and four-lane roads, but as the manager of cattle operations for Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, the 40-year-old McKendree still has to get it done.