Name Ea. El Tigre Farm CRESUD
Country Argentina

Profile

El Tigre is a crop and milk production farm with 8,365 hectares located in La Pampa, Argentina. Since 2003, it is part of Cresud, the leading Argentine agricultural company engaged in the production of basic agricultural commodities with a growing presence in the Brazilian agricultural sector and in other Latin American countries. Cresud is currently involved in a range of activities including crop production, beef cattle raising and milk production.

El Tigre was the first farm to achieve GLOBALG.A.P. Certification for production and harvesting as well as the first for the production of milk.

In relation to crops, our production is mainly based on grains and oilseeds. It includes mainly wheat, corn, soybean and sunflower. Other crops, such as sorghum, are sown occasionally and represent only a small percentage of total sown land. We seek to diversify our mix of products to control the principal risk associated with our activity: the fluctuations in the prices of commodities.

Moreover, we aim to obtain the best crop yield though activities that maximize our efficiency. In order to increase our production yields, we use labor control methods which involve:

  • Seeding quality supervision (density, fertilization, distribution, and depth)
  • Harvesting monitoring (determination of natural losses and losses caused by harvester)
  • Storage quality verification (bagged crop)

In this way, we work jointly with our suppliers to improve the management of inputs, water and soil.

Our grain production is sold entirely in the local market. The prices of our grains are based on the market prices quoted in Argentine grains exchanges such as the Bolsa de Cereales de Buenos Aires and the Bolsa de Cereales de Rosariothat, which take as reference the prices in international grains exchanges. The largest part of this production is sold to exporters who offer and ship this production to the international market.

In relation to the production of milk. We have a capacity of 2,600 cows for milking per day and seek to increase total productivity through the application of new technologies including improved genetic management for milk production, strategic planning for feeding based on cattle specific requirements, and the use of individual traceability to know the productivity history of each animal. We also use computer science in the milk business to make the manual labor more efficient by monitoring the information supplied by the farm.

Within the process of de-commoditization and technological innovation, we implemented an identification and tracing system in compliance with European and SENASA standards. In addition to GLOBALG.A.P. Certification, we obtained HACCP certification.

Our milk production is based on a herd of Holando Argentina dairy cows, genetically selected through the use of imported frozen semen of North American Holando bulls. Our dairy herd is milked mechanically twice a day. The milk obtained is cooled to less than five degrees centigrade to preserve quality and is then stored in a tank for delivery once a day to trucks sent by buyers. Dairy cows are fed mainly with grass, supplemented as needed with grains, hay and silage. We have invested in certain technologies that focus on genetic improvement, animal health, and feeding in order to improve our milk production.

Achievements

GLOBALG.A.P. Certification enables us to upgrade our production and obtain high quality products through efficient and sustainable processes.

By implementing the GLOBALG.A.P. Standard we achieved an integrated management system that lets us control, monitor, record, evaluate, and mitigate every single action of our activities in order to improve the quality of our products and processes. The management system takes into account environmental aspects, and provides us with solid documented evidence to help us make better decisions for our business.

This integrated management system also enhances our sowing plans, using soil and land condition indicators that let us know which crops are convenient to sow in the different areas of our 8,365 hectares, the right time to do it (staggered planting), and how the land has to be managed.

Furthermore, the sowing plan takes a careful look at agrochemicals application. By analyzing hard data, we ensure that this process is made as efficient as possible, only using agrochemicals when the land or crops need them, in order to minimize their release into the environment and human exposure as well as reduce costs. We record and monitor all sowing plans and agrochemical applications, to prevent soil and water pollution. In addition, our procedures ensure the importance of not affecting other crops or surrounding populations. To do this job, we have trained personnel who carefully follow the product specifications.

In order to prevent soil erosion and at the same time improve productivity and reduce costs, all of our crops are developed by land preparation practices, including a tillage system (direct sowing technique) and crop rotation.

El Tigre was the first farm to achieve GLOBALG.A.P. Certification for production and harvesting as well as the first one for the production of milk. Our practices put us at the top of the agricultural business in Argentina and thanks to GLOBALG.A.P we are continuously improving it to become a state-of-the-art farm. This management system lets us advance our production and at the same time ensure land and soil sustainability.

GGN: 4052852587372

www.cresud.com.ar