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Goals and fodder, the same origin


The town of Julián Alvarez is the protagonist of an agro-industrial development, with bales of alfalfa that are exported to the region where the World Cup was played.

This week's "cover girl" in Clarín Rural is

alfalfa from Calchín


Juan Raggio's note, in the central pages, tells what is happening in the

new cluster

with its epicenter in the small Cordoba town (3,500 inhabitants), now famous by the work and grace of the fantastic

Julián Alvarez


Everything has to do with everything.

When the kid broke into professional soccer three years ago,

Martín Brito

, who was building a “landless” farm in Coronel Moldes, told me that the base of his diet was alfalfa


from Calchín.

"They are of a

quality comparable to the ones I met in California

, there is nothing that beats them," he told me.

Martín, an agronomist engineer, had spent some years in Sacramento, head of the impressive San Joaquin Valley,

where the most advanced dairy in the world reigns supreme


"Julián Alvarez's father brings them to me, the one who is breaking it in River."

Julián was consecrated in Qatar.

But it turns out that before his spectacular performance in the World Cup,

Calchín's alfalfa was already reigning in the dairy farms of the United Arab Emirates


One of the main dairy companies in the area is Baladna, in the vicinity of Doha, it has

25,000 cows under very modern sheds, a merry-go-round, favoring animal welfare


The basis of the diet is the megabale.

In nearby Dubai, Al Ain milks

10,000 cows and 1,800 camels, which are also fed megabales


Many Argentines who were encouraged to drink camel's milk did not know that they were drinking alfalfa that perhaps

Julián's father, Gustavo

, had brought from Calchín to the port in a container.

Argentina was born with alfalfa


We call her “the queen of foragers”.

As James Scobie relates well in "Revolution in the Pampas",

between 1880 and 1910, the great engine was the development of livestock.

It was necessary to tame the pampas, to be able to sow alfalfa


The gringos came.

The colonies, the stays.

The land had to be refined.

Corn, wheat and finally flax (or wheat) with alfalfa.

Thus we came to have, one hundred years ago, 8 million hectares of pure alfalfare.

We became

the breadbasket of the world

simply as a by-product of our core business, which was the production and export of beef.

The railways, the refrigerators.

We also needed alfalfa to feed the horses, because everything was drawn by blood.

The first large product market in the country was El Once, where the trains with

bundles for the army

arrived .

Today we have 3 million hectares "with" alfalfa, generally mixed with grasses for grazing.

In the world, meanwhile,

the demand for mega bales, cubes and pellets was growing


It is a

gigantic market: about 60 million tons per year

, worth 20 billion dollars.

Argentina barely participates with 100,000 tons, but it has been

growing by leaps and bounds


Five years ago the

Argentine Chamber of Alfalfa

was created , driven mainly by the pioneers of Calchín.

They are not alone:

​​Santiago del Estero, northern Patagonia, San Luis, Villa Dolores


All supplying the internal market, but with an eye on the world.

That's why the

Concern for technology, aiming at quality


Calchín has good natural conditions for cultivation, but the entire process must be monitored,

from cutting to storage





a transshipment station was set up in San Francisco to lower the cost of shipping to the port


For export, everything goes in containers.

Some companies have already installed re-compaction systems to increase the density of the load, which

lowers the cost per ton by 35%.

Another milestone for the impressive agro-industrial development in the province of



It was already (and still is) the homeland of the largest Argentine agri-food company, Arcor, from Arroyito.

50 kilometers from Calchin.

The candies that it exports also have alfalfa

from there... like the cheeses from Saputo, Adecoagro and the entire powerful Cordovan dairy chain.

Thank you Julián

for the World Cup goals.


for making all this known.

look too

From Calchín, the land of Julián Álvarez, the production of alfalfa is another world success

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Source: clarin

All news articles on 2023-01-14

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