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Argentine Cattle Cross Rivers To Graze New Ground, Even In Winter

  Even in late winter, Argentinean cows and gauchos swim across rivers for fresh grazing.

Leonardo Airaldi, a cattleman in Argentina's Entre Rios Province, recently demonstrated for visitors how he swims his cattle across a river to fresh grazing.

This is a common practice in his area. Airaldi's farms adjoin the Parana River delta – an area laced with a web of rivers and small islands. The government allows beef producers to graze these islands.

Airaldi and his family run two large cow herds that produce 2,000 calves/year. They grow their calves out more than a year on pasture, then finish them on a corn-silage-based ration. The Airaldi family also sells some of their production as breeding stock. Most of the cattle we saw are either Hereford and Red Angus.

To read about the Argentine cattle grazing methods click here.

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