Meat in Uruguay

Meat is a traditional product in Uruguay. The country has more than 400 years of bovine history.

With 3 million inhabitants, 84% of the land is dedicated to the cattle industry; this means there are two football fields per cow.

Uruguay is a country that respects nature and animal welfare therefore, selling and using hormones and growth promoters has been prohibited by law for more than half a century.

Uruguay has a traceable system that is unique in the world.

The country has more than 12.000.000 bovines that graze in an area of 14.000.000 hectares.
The main part of the bovines are fattened in pastures and a small percentage ends with 100 days in feedlot.

  • Main breed for the last 8 years in Expo Prado (Prado Exhibition), the main bovine exhibition in the country.
  • In auctions and exposition, as from 2014 Angus is the breed that sells 50% of the offer during the breeding season overtaking other meat-breeds.

19.000 CERTIFIED ANGUS breeders according to the Sociedad De Criadores de Aberdeen Angus (S.C.A.A.U.) (Uruguayan Aberdeen Angus Meat Society).

Uruguay produces 1.000.000 tons of live weight per year. 70% of the production is exported which represents 5% of the volume of exported meat worldwide. This represents 1.6 trillion dollars per year that come into the country.

There are 39 plants fit out to harvest, and able to reach all the relevant markets regarding meat consumption except Japan.

The harvesting capacity is 3.5 million bovines per year. 2.4 million bovines are harvested per year.  There are more than 23.000 specialized establishments in livestock in the country.