12 Million Cattle Now in Feed-Lots

ARGENTINA - The government of Argentina is financing the building of five major feedlots, each with a capacity of 40,000 head. These yards are tailored for dairy bull calves to take them on for young steer beef.
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Cattle grazing freely on the vast Pampas have long been a part of Argentine tradition, and to see the vast numbers of cattle in feedlots is quite new, according to Farming UK. Breaking with tradition in Argentina does not come easy, however the feedlots are here to stay according to farm leaders.

Historically, one of the world's largest beef producers and an agricultural powerhouse, Argentina has been riding on the soy boom in recent years becoming a top global soy exporter.

While prices have plummeted recently, farmers have been utilizing the feedlots to free up more land for the planting of soy. Today, there are an estimated 12 million head of cattle being fed in yards. This is three times the number of five years ago.

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