MercoAgro - Farmland Real Estate, Investments in Agriculture
Cerro Cora 1124
We are realtors for farmland, ranches, rural real estate in Uruguay and Argentina since 1997 and in Paraguay since 2006. What we advise our customers to do with their funds is quite often what we do with our own funds.
Investment in farmland has become more mainstream compared to 10 years ago and farmland valuations rose quite strongly in most parts of the world since 2004, as they did in the countries mentioned here.
Operational farming returns have risen substantially, too, but still less then land prices.
As of end of 2014 one can expect 2,5-4,5% operational returns on (land-)investments in Uruguay, 3,5-7% in Paraguay. As comparison, returns in the US may be around 3% (as stated in this Sept 2014 Forbes article), operational returns in Western Europe typically being around 2%. See also Financial Time's Feb. 2015 "UK farmland returns more than Mayfair"
Farming in southern South America is in an earlier state of modernisation and intensification, having more upward potential then their first world counterparts and are not relying on state subsidies.
Uruguay has a rather European culture and rather stable political, juridical and social framework, geographically being part of the Pampa Humeda, the temperate climate macro region with roughly 1.200 mm of rainfall rather evenly distributed annually and often with black rich agricultural soils, similar to the Prairie States of the US Midwest.
“offers Uruguay farmland property” and
Asuncion / Montevideo, June.2017
it can be grand and beautiful, too
"They aren’t going to make more land, but they’re going to make a lot more 30-year Treasuries." ( Financial Times 10.Sept.2011
monthly featured property :
Uruguayan gras-fed beef (Wall Street Journal)
some brief data on soils and climate
a few more links, not too closely related:
Estancia San Eugenio
Estancias Uruguay guest ranches
Some thoughts about Estancias as alternatives to a Cortijo antiguo historico Andalucia or some other historic estate in Spain for sale and living on some other type of historic mediteranian Masseria Puglia or Masseria Sicily/Italy,
some Uruguay photos, of summer and winter
as a consumer you should consider to turn to horsemeat. It is delicious, tender and lean. But above all, the horse is no ruminant, it does not emit methane while digesting its food the way ruminants do.
Considering to become a cattle rancher in Argentina or Uruguay, do consider to become a meathorse rancher instead. Not that there would money to be made at current stage (2018), but methane emission is an issue mankind must address.
Further reading : horse meat