Sheep production is an important economic activity within the agriculture business in Uruguay. There are more than 10 million heads of sheep in Uruguay, mostly located in the northern and eastern part of the country.
We have two main objetives in our sheep production:
Wool production: Wool is commercialized according to its specific fineness. The majority of wool, which is between 21.5 to 21.9 micras, and suitable for different textile products. Medium fineness wool is exported as a high quality wool because the animals used to produce it are purebred.
Meat production: Lamb production over artificial pastures for export is a leading economic advantage of the sheep farms. Over 80% of our sheep population is of the Australian Merino Breed. We have chosen to grow the Australian Merino because of its potential to produce fine wool and also because its wool is in high demand and higher value in the international market.