Agricultural and livestock farming unit

Los Lazos’ agricultural and livestock farming is made up of four units located in different strategic areas of Argentina in order to reduce climate risk. In order to increase the stability of the production system, several productive activities are carried out (agriculture, dairy farms, complete cycle livestock farming).

Located 245 km (152 miles) from Rosario shipping hub, near the town of El Fortín, this ranch diversifies its activities into agriculture, dairy farming, heifer rearing and beef cattle raising.

El Embrujo has three different land use capacities: an agricultural sector with good quality soils where wheat, soybean and corn crops are rotated with alfalfa pastures. The second one is of middle agricultural quality with a rotation similar to the first one. The third sector is devoted to beef cattle raising with associated pastures that sporadically rotate with agriculture.

Milk production at El Embrujo is carried out in four dairy farms with cows in pens, which increases their efficiency and productivity. 3,300 cows, on average, are milked annually. Holando Argentino heifers are reared in Feed Lot. Calves from La Merced and from El Embrujo are confined in the system, with a total of 3,250 heads. Once these heifers are pregnant, they are used to replace and increase the herd of the dairy farms and eventually end up for sale. In order to feed the dairy cattle and the rearing heifers, the farm has a feed yard, where the rations are stored and prepared according to the formulas designed by our nutritionists.

La Merced is located in the town of Totoras, 80 km (50 miles) from the main grains shipping hub of Argentina, located in Rosario.

Since it is located in the heart of the Pampas grasslands — where the best soils in Argentina are found — its priority is soil conservation. As such, crops are grown using the no-till farming technique, developing two clearly defined management schemes: permanent agriculture, following the cornsoybean-wheat-soybean rotation; and agriculture with roaming cattle, implementing 4 years of permanent pastures with 8 to 10 years of annual crops.

Wheat, barley, soybeans, corn for harvest and corn for silage are sown to feed the dairy farms, mainly in the fall and winter seasons.
In La Merced, dairy farming began by taking advantage of local pastures and working on soil conservation. Currently, we milk around 2,800 cows per year, which is equivalent to 45% of Los Lazos’ milk production. The production
approach is mainly pastoral, but also includes supplementation with silage and balanced feed.

It is located in Olavarría, in the center of Buenos Aires Province, at a distance of 360 km (223 miles) from the shipping hub of Quequén. There are 4 different types of landscapes: the first one is a water-table flatland, making it agricultural par excellence; the second one is an undulating land with agricultural and livestock aptitude, allowing mixed production; the third one presents poor-drainage lowlands; and the fourth one is a hill area: these last two are exclusively for livestock. Complete cycle livestock farming and agriculture are developed. The entire field is cultivated under the direct seeding system. The exclusively agricultural areas are systematized with contour lines and a typical rotation of Soybean – Wheat / 2nd Soybean – Corn. In the mixed undulating soils the rotation is: Sunflower – Wheat/Wheat / 2nd Soybean – Corn or Soybean. In this landscape, cattle raising is integrated with agriculture, and the rotation also includes pastures that last 4 to 5 years. Santa Dominga has a 100% Purebred herd. Complete cycle livestock farming is practiced in Olavarría, producing calves and steers for domestic and foreign markets, as well as bulls and heifers for commercialization to other cattle producers.
Estancia El Volcán is located in the district of Balcarce, characterized by fertile and deep soils. El Volcán is an agricultural establishment par excellence, with an exceptional underground water supply suitable for irrigation. Located 389 km (242 miles) from Buenos Aires, this landscape allows the development of agricultural and livestock activities. Permanent agriculture is practiced in its soils using the direct sowing system, observing the soybean-wheat/soybean-corn rotation. In the areas dedicated to agriculture, center pivot irrigation is used to water the crops, allowing them to express their full productive potential. This complementary irrigation system aims to meet the water demand in critical periods, distributing the irrigation supply to achieve high crop yields in the largest area possible. It has a silo plant on the establishment, which allows regulating logistics. El Volcán produces winter crops between malting barley and wheat. As for summer crops, high oleic sunflower, corn and soybeans are grown in El Volcán. The livestock is made up of a 100% Pedigree Aberdeen Angus and Hereford herd, whose purpose is the improvement of its own herds and the sale of bulls, heifers, semen and embryos to an increasingly demanding market in terms of quality and performance.