Wednesday, December 19th 2012 - 19:34 UTC

State of the art dairy farm in Uruguay with 8.000 milking cows and self generating power

A state of the art dairy farm with 8.000 milking cows that will export powder milk, create 300 qualified jobs and generate its own energy from the animals’ dung is scheduled to open its first phase next April in Durazno, Uruguay.

Bulgheroni the Argentine tycoon that is investing heavily in Uruguay

A dairy farm with 8.000 milking cows when in full production 2015

The whole operation is demanding over 160 million dollars and belongs to Argentine tycoon Alejandro Bulgheroni who has been investing heavily in Uruguay. He also owns olive plantations, vineyards and a winery with his brand name.

Durazno Mayor Benjamín Irazabal said that finally after two years all the necessary paperwork, licences and certificates have been completed and construction of the settlement has started.

Oscar Ianni and Alessandro Martelli from Estancias del Lago, as the dairy farm is named, said the preliminary operation and infrastructure should be completed in April 2013 when “we start milking the first 250 cows. By April 2014, we are planning to have 3.300 heifers and by 2015 we should have 8.000 milking cows in full production”.

“By mid year we should have the bio-digesters in operation with the cows’ dung, generating sufficient methane to impulse thermal energy”, said Ianni.

Together with the digesters, the water effluents plant will also be ready by mid year while the different silos for the grains (corn, wheat, sorghum and soybeans) for the cows’ meals will be sufficiently advanced.

Currently there are 200 people working in the construction of the different buildings of the establishment.

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1 redpoll (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 08:28 pm Report abuse
We welcome his investment with resevations. Does he pay the ICIR tax I wonder?
2 ChrisR (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 09:11 pm Report abuse
I wonder why he is in Uruguay?

Did he foresee the dollar clamp? Or, is he a big friend of TMBOA and exempt such mundane things?

I do hope and trust that this thing will not create the sort of problems experienced elsewhere with these installations such as foul smells, slurry deliberately run off into water courses when the slurry system is overloaded or fails resulting in severe ecological and environmental damage.

See the American attempts at this if you disbelieve me.
3 JIB (#) Dec 20th, 2012 - 12:18 pm Report abuse
Because Uruguay is owned by argentinians.
4 ChrisR (#) Dec 20th, 2012 - 03:38 pm Report abuse
@3 JIB

As long as they are not TMBOA or any of her viperous brood or the clowns in government (other than casas in Punta del Este) then they are welcome.

It seems to me they just want to get away from the thieving goverment.
5 GeoffWard2 (#) Dec 20th, 2012 - 04:50 pm Report abuse
8000 cows ingesting daily a (big!) area of annually fixed carbon should provide enough microbial gas to power the dairy enterprise, the lighting and much, much more.
If they could also capture their methane-rich flatus ....
6 ChrisR (#) Dec 20th, 2012 - 07:57 pm Report abuse
5 GeoffWard2

Multi-point manifold with soft polymer tubing and flesh tolerant seals fitted automatic valves and flame traps by the sound of it. Possibly a soft vacuum pump to help with the solids!

I think I had better patent that. :o)
7 ynsere (#) Dec 21st, 2012 - 10:31 am Report abuse
Redpoll @ 1
Seems ICIR may be ruled unconstitutional.
8 redpoll (#) Dec 21st, 2012 - 01:39 pm Report abuse
ynsere Yes it is unconstitutional, badly thought out and unfair
9 ynsere (#) Dec 21st, 2012 - 04:15 pm Report abuse
Redpoll @ 8
I agree, but would nevertheless love to be in the 16-dollar-per-hectare bracket!
10 redpoll (#) Dec 21st, 2012 - 07:08 pm Report abuse
Best talk to Lopez Mena about that
11 ynsere (#) Dec 21st, 2012 - 11:42 pm Report abuse
Probably wouldn't believe a word he said!
12 British_Kirchnerist (#) Dec 24th, 2012 - 02:40 pm Report abuse
Well done Uruguay. And to the Argie owner...

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