In this South American country located between Argentina and Brazil, you come across fertile grazing land everywhere – it is the ideal place for natural and species-appropriate cattle breeding.

"Santa Maria"

Even today, cattle breeding on the “Santa Maria” estate is carried out in the same way as it was a hundred years ago.


Centuries ago, cows introduced by the Spanish flourished in the expanses of the Uruguayan Pampas and developed into large herds - they are now one of the country’s most precious assets.


Ensuring LAFINA cows graze naturally is of the highest priority for LAFINA. ‘We do not use feed additives, hormones or antibiotics - and you can taste that in every bite’.“


Cows on the “Santa Maria” estate have been reared on these sunny pastures for generations. Every LAFINA cow enjoys the freedom of around a hectare of grazing land.


Ancient tradition: the gaucho is the Uruguay’s equivalent of the cowboy.

Cattle breeders

As cattle breeders, gauchos have been looking after cows which graze in the open all year round for hundreds of years.


Federico Heinemann is a passionate polo player and at home in Uruguay, he is a real life gaucho. He learnt how to rear cows from a very early age.

Top spot

There are 3.8 cows for every inhabitant of Uruguay. This means that Uruguay has the most cows per inhabitant in the world.


The breeds “Aberdeen Angus” and “Hereford” are bred at LAFINA on the “Santa Maria” estate - they are of British origin and world-famous for their excellent quality of meat.


LAFINA bases its cattle breeding techniques on a centuries-old tradition.


Federico Heinemann: ‘We are a team, a family and know every single one of our gauchos personally’.


The tasty LAFINA steak is now an integral part of a number of polo tournaments.

+2 handicap

As a polo player, Federico Heinemann cuts a good figure. The German national team player with a +2 handicap has played in international tournaments for many years.