Dear conference delegate,
Please find attached our latest pre and post conference programme. You will notice that
we have added more dates. You can now also book a tour on 6, 11 and 12 November.
Some of the activities scheduled for 6 and 7 November are the same as those scheduled
for 11 and 12 November, so be careful when you book.
We have tried to organize tours that will take you to places where you can get the feel of
real Uruguayan life and some of its history. A number of working farms: beef, dairy and
sheep, and also one of the beautiful estancias for which this part of the world is famous,
El Estribo. A “bodega”: a wine estate (of course you can taste the local produce!) and
two different heritage sites, Conchillas and Estancia INDARÉ, that are not only
interesting on account of their history, but also because the surrounding flora and fauna
are very beautiful. The National Park “Estancia Presidencial Anchorena”, with its dense
woods, herds of deer and big house and tower where Uruguay’s presidents go for the
We would be grateful if those who wish to go on the pre-conference tours could send
their inscriptions to firstname.lastname@example.org . As you will be picked up at your hotel, it is
important that you let us know in which hotel you are staying. Post- conference tours
can also be booked during the conference.
All tours will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide, who will translate
conversations with farmers and local guides.
We hope that many of you will enjoy this opportunity to see Uruguay from a different
point of view.
The organizing committee.
FARMING IN URUGUAY
For the first time in its history, the World Conference on Lameness in
Ruminants will be held in the Southern hemisphere, where livestock farming
is quite different from most countries in the Northern hemisphere.
We would like to offer the delegates the possibility to visit a few farms to
gain an impression of the advantages and difficulties that Uruguayan
farmers face every day. We have also included visits to local rural heritage
sites on some days, to give you an insight into the history of the
department of Colonia.
6 November 2006: Milk, cheese and beef production, estancia INDARÉ
(rural industrial heritage site)
Departure: 8.30 a.m.. You will be picked up at your hotel.
Estancia EL ESTRIBO.
This estancia produces milk, cheese, meat, grains and pasture on approx.
2000 hectares. The estancia has a beautiful farm house in the middle of a
shady park and is surrounded by rolling countryside. There are two dairy
farms, one of which sells the milk to the main dairy cooperative Conaprole,
while the other produces different types of cheese.
We shall be received by one of the owners, veterinary surgeon Dr. Rafael
Varela, the farm manager, agronomist Guzmán Cancela and the attending
veterinary surgeon Dr. Diego Rega.
Farm visit: economic records, pasture and grain production and
conservation, grazing system, milking herd, beef bullocks, young stock, both
dairy farms, cheese production.
12 noon: Lunch with a choice of cheeses and lamb brochettes, good local
wines and ice cream supplied by the dairy cooperative Conaprole.
Departure to Estancia INDARE, Boca del Rosario, near the village of La
Paz in the department of Colonia.
The core business of this estancia at the beginning of the 20th century
used to be the quarries and sand-pits that supplied the stone and sand
that were used to build Buenos Aires’ port. Until the fifties of the last
century, daily life on the estancia revolved around the extraction of stone
The village that was built for almost one thousand inhabitants can be seen
in its original state: different types of houses for the different types of
workers and the huge house for the owner high on the hill overlooking the
Rosario river. These days, very few people live in the village.
Near the river are the tracks of the steam locomotives, two of which are
still running, and the huge sheds that house the naval workshop, where the
flatboats that transported the goods to Buenos Aires were built, and the
electricity plant with its enormous generators that provided the electricity
for the stone crushing plant and the whole estancia. Everything has been
left in its original state. Our guide, Pepito, used to work in the quarries
and knows every detail of daily life at the time.
The surroundings are beautiful. The estancia is situated on the confluence
of the Rosario river and the Rio de la Plata. The ex-quarries and sand-
pits have filled up with water and are surrounded by a lush vegetation
that includes many ceibos (Uruguay’s national tree with its abundant red
flowers) and big cacti. Wildlife is abundant, in particular birds, but also
small mammals like skunks, nutrias (similar to the muskrat), or capybaras.
5 p.m. Return to Colonia.
Minimum number of participants: 10
Per person, all included: U$S 90
7 November 2006 : Beef, milk and sheep production
8.30 a.m.: Departure. You will be picked up at your hotel
9 a.m. Estancia “Escuela Salesiana Criado Pérez”. This Estancia has a
herd of beef cows, fattening bullocks and a dairy herd. Herd manager,
dairy technician Bernardo Vuille, will receive us and answer your questions
about the different production systems and how they interact.
10.30 a.m. We continue our trip to visit a 200 cow dairy farm nearby.
The herd is managed by the owner’s son, agronomist André Mondón, who
also manages a number of other dairy farms. He will share his experience
of dairy farming with us, with particular emphasis on the business side:
how to make ends meet.
1 a.m. An excellent lunch that includes the typical “asado” (barbecue) and
some of the best Uruguayan wines will be waiting for us at Roberto
Perrachón’ and Ana Ariztia’s nearby sheep farm. After lunch, they will
show us around the farm and Roberto and his team will give us a
demonstration with their sheep dogs.
5 p.m. Arrival in Colonia, in time for a change of clothes before the
Minimum number of participants: 10
This tour has been confirmed.
Per person, all included: U$S 60