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Day of the Gaucho Waning in Argentina (Wash Post)

Friday, September 11th, 2009

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[Editor's note: Interesting geography piece in yesterday's Washington Post about how Argentina is producing less free-range beef in favor of US-style feedlots. The days of the cowboy are indeed numbered.]

Republished from The Washington Post.
By Juan Forero. Thursday, September 10, 2009

Cattle Being Moved Off Plains and Into U.S.-Style Feedlots

MAGDALENA, Argentina — Cattle once ruled the seemingly endless grasslands here, delivering decades of prosperity for Argentina and producing a brand familiar to the world — natural, grass-fed beef.

But a quiet revolution has arrived on the famously fertile pampa, a swath of plains bigger than Texas.

Instead of roaming freely and eating to their hearts’ content, a growing number of Argentine cattle are spending a third of their lives in U.S.-style feedlots. There, crammed in muddy corrals, they are pumped with antibiotics and fed mounds of protein-rich grain, which fattens them up fast but hardly conjures up the romantic image of the Argentine cowboy, the iconic gaucho, lassoing cattle on the high plains.

Continue reading at The Washington Post . . .