Agricultural and Livestock Production

Aceitera General Deheza started its integration process by farming 200,000 hectares approximately of lands owned by the company, rented lands and joint exploitations with other farmers, in Argentina’s prime growing areas for soybeans, sunflowerseed, peanuts, wheat and corn, for further supply to the various industrial plants.
AGD also provides technical assistance to farmers, and sells agricultural chemicals, fertilizers and seed, maintaining close technical and commercial links with over 6,000 farmers of the Argentine agricultural hinterland.

Swine Breeding

AGD initiated its pig production in 1993 with a complete cycle breeding housing of 500 sows, located in a field of its own near Santa Eufemia town (Cordoba province). Four years later the facility was enlarged with the construction of a swine housing for 1,200 sows in an ISO-WEAN system, that is to say three roomed, thus completing a total of 3,000 gestating sows.

The productive system is intensive-confined, totally automatized and the feed is prepared in the same facility. The heard is composed of PIC Genetics breeding sows.

The effluents are biologically treated in sealed off pools and the final product of this process is used for the fertilization and irrigation of nearby farming.

In 2002 , when the very important threshold of 27,9 pigs weaned per sow per year was achieved, AGD received the first prize in Production Efficiency given by the Minnesota University which evaluates the performance of breeders of all the world through the Pig-Champ Software. The following year, and on the same category, got the first place in South America with 28 pigs weaned per sow per year.

On the same guideline, the group holds different agreements and close technological cooperation links with important Argentine research organizations such as INTA, AAPRESID, FADA, CREA and a number of National Universities.

Agreements and Activities

  • Technological Cooperation Agreement with INTA Manfredi to obtain new peanut strains. This agreement has started to bear fruit with the obtaining of strains such as ASEM 485, ASEM 505, and ASEM 484. Other seeds with high commercial value and oil content are in the development stage.
  • AGD participates in the Argentine Peanut Foundation, an entity that handles research and development funding for modernizing farming methods. These activities are coordinated with INTA and the regional Associations of Agricultural Engineering. In this case, different aspects such as crop rotation, direct sowing and the handling of ground-based diseases are being researched.
  • Technicians and farmers are permanently trained to achieve sustainable agricultural practices. Correspondingly, it organizes courses on safe methods to apply agricultural chemicals and disposal of toxic containers. 
  • Seeds and fertilizers undergo tests to check adaptability to AGD’s area of influence. 
  • The Group supplies certified soybean seed of the highest quality from its facilities with cutting edge machinery and equipment, rich in energy and germination power. 
  • Experts of the Group travel abroad to visit advanced R&D centers, so as to remain updated in innovations in grain production.
  • AGD employs precision-based agriculture to obtain information from each separate growing area and apply customized sowing and fertilizing techniques, thus obtaining savings in production costs and higher yields in the lots.
  • Through modern irrigation equipment in the different producing areas in the country, the best yields of peanuts, sunflower seed, corn and soybeans are obtained.