Uruguay

Ingleby has seven pasture and arable farms in the south-west of Uruguay, totalling 27,217 hectares.

Our farms have mainly natural grassland, ideal for breeding and fattening cattle. But we also produce wheat, corn, barley, sorghum and soya.

 

Our investment in irrigation has made annual yields more predictable especially for summer crops.

 

Uruguay differs from most other countries in Latin America, having no mountains and very little natural forest. Over 80% of the land can be used for open agriculture.

 

Uruguay’s temperate climate and natural grasslands lend themselves to livestock production. But the fertile soils in the south-west are also suitable for crop farming.

 

Uruguay benefits from a developing infrastructure and good port facilities, as well as experienced farmers and increasing crop yields per hectare.

Environmental

In Uruguay we have vast areas of wild grasses – a landscape we protect with judicious cattle grazing. The grasslands contain a very diverse flora and fauna and for example you will find the nandu (Common Rhea) foraging in the area.

 

Along the rivers we have very slow growing algarrobo trees. We protect these native trees of sought after hard wood. Many of the algarrobo trees are over a hundred years old. We also plant other species to provide shade and shelter from the rain and wind for our livestock as well as enhancing the landscape.

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We have developed a sophisticated irrigation system on La Rinconada. The farm has an annual rainfall of 1,200 mm, making it ideal for capturing sufficient rainwater for irrigation. Irrigation is very valuable for our crop production, especially for our corn crops. We used to rely on rain for water, which limited our yield potential, as we usually have no rain in December and January during the summer growing season.”
Rafael Leguísamo, Ingleby Uruguay