A picture is worth a thousand words – While the actual circumstances of how one might come to own a cattle business in Uruguay is a long story best told over a cold drink on a Sunday afternoon, going anywhere beyond that to actually describe the countryside, the lifestyle, the atmosphere, is virtually impossible. Our day to day lives in the modern world are so vastly different from the daily operations of a Uruguayan, or any Latin American estancia, words can not adequately conjure the appropriate imagery.
La Tejana was, and still is, a fully functional cattle ranching operation, with almost 3,000 acres in total of land just outside of Guichon. Accommodations were by no means luxurious, although surprisingly comfortable. Boiling hot coffee in the mornings, followed by checking the herds, the fences, meat on the asado in the evenings. Loud stories around a camp fire.
The business model was not that we owned the land, although had a long term option to purchase, we owned the cattle, rented the land and sold the cattle under mostly contractual agreement to Tacuarembo and another smaller facility outside Paysandu.