Political change in Argentina has given many beef farmers the confidence to invest in production and actively seek to export to the European Union.
Between 2003 and 2015, an anti-farming, socialist government made it unattractive to export beef. However, the new ruling party is encouraging farming and beef exports.
Some farmers are choosing to produce beef for the EU under the Hilton Quota, which requires quality beef cuts from cattle that have been finished on pasture – although there seems to be some variability in the interpretation of requirements (see “Hilton Quota requirements”).
This largely suits farmers in the traditional grass-growing regions of the Pampas – for which Argentina is famed.