Pineywoods Cattle
Contact Information Bayou Farm Bailly Keller LLC 1624 Cousins Rd. Ville Platte, LA 70586 Phone: (337) 256-4268 E-mail:
Bayou Farm sells whole and half shares of Pineywoods Beef, as well as individual retail cuts and bulk beef boxes.  Heritage beef from Pineywoods Cattle, listed on Slow Food USA’s Ark of Taste, is very lean and nutritious.  Our beef is 100% Grass-fed and Grass-finished; we do not use antibiotics, hormones, or other growth stimulants.  If you are interested in purchasing our beef, please call 337-256-4268 or e-mail us at Thank you!
Pineywoods Cattle are a low input, low impact breed uniquely adapted to the Gulf Coast region of the United States.  When the Spanish launched their conquest of North America in the 1500s, they loaded their ships with livestock that would feed the Spanish colonists in the New World.  They chose breeds of cattle, sheep, hogs, goats, and horses from hardy, thrifty populations that inhabited the areas around their ports.  When they arrived in North America, they let these animals loose, often releasing breeding pairs at river crossings.  The livestock went feral and, through survival-of-the-fittest, adapted to the new climate, multiplied, and thrived.  When settlers from Northern Europe began moving into the Gulf Coast region, they found large herds of cattle roaming through the pinewoods and prairies (hence the name “Pineywoods Cattle”).  The herding cultures that formed in the Southern half of Mississippi and on the Cajun Prairie in Louisiana supplied the large port cities of New Orleans and Mobile with meat and leather.   For centuries these were the only breeds that could live in this part of the country, but advancements in vaccinations and parasite medications made it possible for “improved” breeds of cattle to survive in the Deep South.  Pineywoods Cattle numbers plummeted as farmers began crossbreeding their herds to larger-sized breeds.
Fortunately, a few families along the Gulf Coast kept their herds closed and pure.  These isolated, heritage bloodlines are what remain of the vast herds of cattle that used to roam the Southern open range.  The Livestock Conservancy has recognized the importance of this hardy, heat-adapted Landrace breed.  Through conservation breeding programs, heritage breeders are working to increase numbers and maintain the genetic diversity of these animals.  This breed is incredibly disease and parasite resistant, and they thrive on low quality, marginal forage. Pineywoods Cattle are smaller and grow slower than other production-oriented breeds, but they live longer and need little human intervention to survive and thrive.